'The Simpsons': Studio gives actors an ultimatum, producers take pay cuts


Time is apparently running short to extend the life of "The Simpsons."Negotiations between producer 20th Century Fox TV and the principal cast have reached the point that, according to The Wrap, the studio has issued an ultimatum: Voice actors Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer have to respond to 20th's demands by noon Friday (Oct. 7) if the show is to continue past this season.The studio wants the actors to cut their salaries by about 45 percent, from about $440,000 per episode apiece to $250,000 per episode. It's already rejected an offer from the cast to take pay cuts of 30 percent in exchange for a small piece of the show's "back-end" profits -- syndication, DVD sales, merchandising and the like.Meanwhile, Variety reports that several top-level "Simpsons" producers have offered to cut their own salaries in an effort to keep the series going beyond this season. That likely...



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