May 28, 2017

“The Simpsons” producers agree to pay cuts, sources say

By Sean O’Connell Have “The Simpsons” been spared?

While contract negotiations with voice talent threatened to end the animated program after a staggering 23 seasons, it’s now being reported that multiple top-level producers “have agreed to take pay cuts” to help keep the show on the air.

“Some — though not all — of the producers of the Fox series have indicated they’re willing to have their pay reduced to continue the series beyond its current record-setting 23rd season,” reports. “The cast, however, have yet to agree to terms with the studio.”

20th Century Fox TV was looking for a 45 percent pay cut from the talent, without which the show literally could not go on. The voice actors reportedly countered with a proposal that would amount to a 30 percent reduction in salary, but would include a bigger piece of the back end. That proposal was rejected by the studio.

As says, though, all sides “strongly believe a deal will be reached,” so now it’s just a matter of when.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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