In America, you get the sugar first. Then, you get the power. Then, you get a role on an animated show that runs for three decades, and you get the money. A LOT of money, for a job that the Simpsons voice cast, including the just-returned Harry Shearer, can do on the phone.
Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Shearer’s salaries have fluctuated many times since The Simpsons premiered in 1989. They earned a measly $30,000 per episode until 1998, when it was bumped to $125,000. After threatening to strike in 2004, their pay was increased to reportedly somewhere between $250,000-$360,000, and again in 2008, when the per-episode salary went to $400,000. That figure was slashed to $300,000 in 2011, and that’s how much they’ll make for Seasons 27 and 28.
Shearer has reportedly signed a four-season contract which will keep the main Simpsons cast together…It said the deal is worth $300,000 per episode for stars Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria. (Via)
Here’s how negotiations went:
They deserve every penny.
(Via the Guardian)