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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Simpson's Getting Boned by Studio

From Huffington Post:
Despite Homer Simpson's best efforts, it may not be a nuclear meltdown that brings about Springfield's doom. Instead, its end may come thanks to the business of Hollywood that the show has lampooned for so long.

According to a new report from The Daily Beast, the show's voice actors are locked in a bitter contract negotiation with 20th Century Fox, with the studio threatening to end production if the talent does not take a 45% pay cut. The actors are countering with an agreement that nets them a 30% reduction in salary but a small slice of the show's back-end earnings, which include the billion dollar syndication and merchandising empire that the studio has built over the past two plus decades.

At the moment, the Daily Beast reports, the show's voice actors -- Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer -- earn about $8 million a year, but do not get a cut of the show's much bigger ancillary profits.

TV studios are fucking assholes. You are really going to fuck with the people who built the longest running and probably most popular television show of all time? Like Homer would be the same without that voice. I mean I know they just do voices and are probably the highest paid voice actors in TV already but what the fuck?  Fox rakes in billions for Simpson's merchandise and tell the cast to take a pay-cut? Fucking assholes.

Pissed off

I mean obviously they won't cancel the show over this bullshit but the fact that the actors have to play hardball with the network at all on this is a pile of horseshit.

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