Photo: ¡Ay Dios Mio! Sofia Vergara’s ‘Modern Family’ Fighting with Producer, 20th Century Fox
It seems a salary dispute has brought a halt to the production of Modern Family after a scheduled table read was canceled.
Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet have reportedly rejected 20th Century Fox Television’s latest offer of $150,000 per episode for season 4 plus bonuses.
The five actors have since filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court to void their contracts because they extend more than 7 years, which is illegal under California law. It is aptly named the “Seven-Year Rule” prohibits personal services contracts for longer than 7 years.
The actors are calling for more money per season 4 episode and increases to their salaries each year after. As of season 3, the five cast members were making about $60,000 an episode.
Though the television family’s patriarch Ed O’Neill was not part of the original dispute, he has reportedly joined the cast as a plaintiff out of solidarity.
O’Neill was making more than $100,000 per episode, but it also said to be in contract negotiations for more.
The cast is scheduled to have another table read on Thursday, though no one is certain it will actually happen.
The cast is being represented by litigator Jeff McFarland with L.A.‘s Quinn Emanuel firm