‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki And Kaley Cuoco Reach New Deals
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The following is an excerpt from ‘Big Bang Theory’ stars get huge raises, break stand-off
After their contract negotiations collectively delayed production of the top-rated CBS comedy, actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have each made three-year deals with Warner Bros. TV to return to the show. Co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still in talks, but they are expected to strike deals as well. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch received raises back in September.
Sources say that estimates first reported by Deadline are correct: Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco’s salaries will jump from their current earnings of $325,000 per episode to roughly $1 million per episode. They’ll also receive a bigger cut of the show’s lucrative syndication earnings on TBS. The renewal deals bring the show’s core cast in line with the hit’s current CBS deal—Big Bang has been renewed for three more seasons, bringing the show to its 10th year.
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The following is an excerpt from ‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco Close Big New Deals
All in, I hear Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are poised to make at least $90 million each over the lives of the deals, with some observers noting that the total could conceivably rise towards $100 million if Big Bang continues to be as strong in syndication and auxiliary markets. With the big payday for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco and the windfall for top profit participants, WBTV still is expected to clear $1 billion in profits, with some projecting that Big Bang could contribute to Time Warner’s bottom line twice that over its lifespan.
With Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco signed on and co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already on board for Season 8 after renegotiating their contracts last fall, the focus is on wrapping negotiations with the last remaining original cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, before the table read planned for Wednesday.
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