According to an article in VARIETY, the six stars of THE SIMPSONS are signing deals worth a reported $100,000 per episode. The new contracts reportedly will pay Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner and Nancy Cartwright $2.2 million per season for the next two seasons, with an option for a third season of 22 episodes at $125,000 per episode. Currently, each of the actors makes $70,000 per episode, a significant jump up from the $25,000 per episode they were making in 1998, when they threatened to leave the show unless they received substantial raises. The article states that the performers also may get a bonus of $1 million that was part of their last contract but wasn't supposed to be paid until 2005. In addition, Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, is going to receive a first look production deal with Fox for a new show.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.