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Most of the Cast of ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ are Playing Hardball in Contract Negotiations

The cast of 'Modern Family'
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The Emmy Award winning show “Modern Family” is going through a rough patch. So much so, a script reading session was abruptly cancelled as Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara are seeking bigger allowances.

Just after being nominated for 14 Emmy Awards the cast members are going through some tough contract negotiations with studio 20th Century Fox Television. They are seeking higher salaries and from the 14 nominations I can see why they feel they deserve it.

It might seem strange that Sophia Vergara is among those seeking more compensation. After all, she was last year’s highest paid female on TV with a whopping $19 million in earnings. She even beat out Kim Kardashian! But, of that $19 million only $7 million came from “Modern Family.”

The cast filed a lawsuit against the studio to void their existing contracts claiming a violation of the “seven-year rule.” What’s the seven-year rule? Is that like the five-second rule? Actually according to the suit, “That provision dictates that contracts to render personal service ‘may not be enforced beyond seven years from the commencement of service under it.”

Like in most families, I’m sure someone with cooler heads will prevail and after a little time spent in the naughty spot things will get back to normal. At least for my Wednesday night TV ritual I sure hope so!

[Huffington Post, Deadline]

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