Modern Family cast agree to pay deal

  • The stars of awardwinning U.S. sitcom Modern Family have signed new pay deals after six cast members sued television network ABC last week over their contracts.

    Show producer Fox confirmed the deal and said filming for the fourth series would commence this week.

    Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson filed papers on Tuesday, claiming their contracts were illegal.

    The actors had asked a judge to rule their contracts as invalid as they violated California law prohibiting deals that run longer than seven years. O'Neill joined the case later in the week.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new deal will see the salaries for Bowen, Burrell, Ferguson, Stonestreet and Vergara increase to about $150,000 per episode from $65,000.

    O'Neill, an already established star, made $105,000 per episode for the previous seasons and will also receive an increase.

    The sitcom about the intertwining lives of a family of fathers, sons, daughters and grandchildren is one of ABC's top shows.

    The sitcom was nominated for 14 Emmys for this year's awards.