Modern Family Cast Settles Contract Dispute
Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara will all receive big raises for the upcoming fourth season, according to the Hollywood Reporter – as much as $175,000 per person per episode, with bonuses, along with a cut of back-end profits – after agreeing new contract terms with producer 20th Century Fox Television.
That's well above their current salaries of about $65,000 per episode.
A sixth cast member, Ed O'Neill, who was making more than the others previously – about $105,000 per episode – will now be on par with them.
As part of the deal, the cast agreed to add an eighth year to their contracts. Their salaries will reportedly reach about $350,000 per episode in the show's eighth season.
The actors had originally sued to void their contracts entirely, claiming they violated California's "7-Year Rule," which prohibits personal services contracts that span longer than seven years.
Production is expected to commence shortly for season 4, which premieres Sept. 26 on ABC.