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The Simpsons Producers Agree to Pay Cut

The future of The Simpsons took a step in the right direction Wednesday when some of the top producers from the Fox cartoon agreed to a pay cut, according to Andrew Wallenstein of Variety:

“Exec producers for The Simpsons include Al Jean, John Frink, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Matt Selman and Sam Simon. It unknown whether all have committed to the reduction in compensation or whether that request extended below the EP level.

Reps for top Simpsons producers either declined comment or calls were not returned.

A spokesman for 20th TV declined comment.

Even with the savings that would come from top Simpsons creative personnel reducing their compensation, it likely pales in comparison to the amount the studio would save if the actors concede to their 45% reduction demand. That would effectively bring each of the six principal Simpsons actors down from $8 million to $4 million per season.

Unknown is whether the reduction in compensation affected producers’ salaries or backend participation. Terms of the new deal would extend for however long the series would continue, which has yet to be determined.”

The actors counter offer of 30 percent salary reduction plus a piece of the back end was rejected.

A decision from the actors is expected by Friday. If the two sides are unable to reach a deal, the script for the series finale could be ready by December.

D’oh!

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