Citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that Apple TV+ original Ted Lasso’s cast, including Jason Sudeikis, as well as the show’s producers and writers, have all scored sizeable pay increases for season 3 in a recent round of contract renegotiations.
Sudeikis has already closed a deal for season three that will pay him in the vicinity of $1 million an episode, noted the sources. The sum also includes creator fees and compensation for his role as the show’s head writer and exec producer.
The deal, which also covers the two extra episodes of the current sophomore season, is up from the $250,000-$300,000 per-episode sum he earned for seasons one and two, the sources added.
The report further notes that Warner Bros and Apple TV+ are also negotiating over the show’s licensing fees. Sources said the current deal allows Warners to air the comedy within a few years after the conclusion of season three.
Writers on Ted Lasso, which garnered 20 Emmy nominations including outstanding comedy series and a pair of writing mentions en route to tying Glee as the most-nominated freshman show, also scored significant salary bumps. Included in the writer negotiations are separate deals for Brendan Hunt (Coach Beard) and Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent), each of whom have penned multiple episodes of the show and also exec produce.
Showrunner Bill Lawrence is also seeking an increase from the five-year, eight-figure overall deal he signed with Warners in late 2018.