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8 items from 2003


Profit deals for 'Raymond' trio

26 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts are suddenly feeling well-loved by the profit participants in Everybody Loves Raymond, but their fellow co-star Brad Garrett appears to still be on strike from the hit CBS comedy. In a move to quell the storm among cast members that has hampered production on the show's upcoming eighth season, sources said Monday that Heaton, Boyle and Roberts have each been granted small stakes in the backend profits from the show, which is poised to generate upward of $500 million in the first five years of its syndication afterlife. The salary sweeteners for the trio came out of the pockets of existing profit participants on the show -- including series creator Phil Rosenthal, star Ray Romano, CBS, David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production banner and HBO (also a co-producer) -- who agreed to give up a sliver of their backend stakes to benefit the co-stars. »

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Profit deals for 'Raymond' trio

26 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts are suddenly feeling well-loved by the profit participants in Everybody Loves Raymond, but their fellow co-star Brad Garrett appears to still be on strike from the hit CBS comedy. In a move to quell the storm among cast members that has hampered production on the show's upcoming eighth season, sources said Monday that Heaton, Boyle and Roberts have each been granted small stakes in the backend profits from the show, which is poised to generate upward of $500 million in the first five years of its syndication afterlife. The salary sweeteners for the trio came out of the pockets of existing profit participants on the show -- including series creator Phil Rosenthal, star Ray Romano, CBS, David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production banner and HBO (also a co-producer) -- who agreed to give up a sliver of their backend stakes to benefit the co-stars. »

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Action on 'Raymond' set

19 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Production got under way on the upcoming season of CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond on Monday but not with a full complement of stars. Patricia Heaton returned to work after calling in sick last week, an absence that forced the start of production to be delayed one week (HR 8/14). Co-star Brad Garrett has gone public with his contractual dispute with CBS and Raymond producers; the actor's representatives confirmed last week that Garrett will not return to work unless he receives a salary increase (HR 8/13). Garrett, whose salary of about $160,000 per episode is significantly less than that of prominent co-stars on other hit sitcoms, had already been written out of the new season's premiere episode because of the ongoing salary strife. Meanwhile, despite Heaton's return, work on the new season was still hampered Monday by the absence of co-stars Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts, both of whom called in sick. »

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'Everybody Loves Raymond' Sees More Delays

18 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Production on the season premiere of Everybody Loves Raymond was pushed back again Tuesday after Patricia Heaton called in sick for the second day in a row. Her two-day absence, officially due to a migraine headache, has added to already-existing problems between the show's bosses and her co-star Brad Garrett, who was written out of the first episode of the new season after he refused to return to work until TV network CBS discussed his pay rise. Garrett's representatives say in a statement, "CBS elected to make a one-year deal with Ray Romano making him the highest-paid sitcom actor ever. Ray deserves every penny, plus the profits he will earn. At the same time, despite our repeated attempts to discuss Brad's salary over the past even months, CBS has refused to talk to us. Brad earns less than 10 per cent of Ray's salary and is the lowest paid member of a grossly underpaid supporting cast." Garrett's representatives at Raw Talent agency add, "If we don't come to a fair deal, we feel comfortable walking away." CBS responds, "We have accommodated Brad's request to negotiate new contracts twice over the past four years. The most recent agreement calls for Brad's services through the eight season of Everybody Loves Raymond. It is unfortunate that he is not honoring his contract." Sources say Heaton and co-stars Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle are also unhappy with their pay-checks. »

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TBS still 'Seinfeld' domain

30 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- TBS Superstation has signed on for five more years of Seinfeld, keeping the syndicated hit from Sony Pictures Television through 2011. The deal was announced at the upfront presentation for TBS and TNT, held Tuesday afternoon at Cipriani's in Manhattan, where Turner Entertainment Group president Mark Lazarus pledged to spend $350 million on original programming for both general-entertainment networks over the next two years, excluding rights fees to sports. TNT executives gave a big push to the channel's upcoming remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl, bringing out Simon, director Richard Benjamin and stars Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton to greet the crowd of advertising buyers. The big news from TBS was the extension of its Seinfeld contract for a whopping fee of about $800,000 per episode, according to sources close to the deal. That makes it the most expensive cable off-network deal since TBS first bought Seinfeld for a record $1 million per episode in 1998. »

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Stars sold on endorsements, rep says

16 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Hollywood Reporter marketing reporter Marla Matzer Rose recently met with WMA's Cary Berman to get his take on the state of the commercial endorsement business. The Hollywood Reporter: What is the salary range that a celebrity can make for a commercial campaign? Cary Berman: It can be anywhere from $5,000 to multimillions -- a very heavy eight-figure deal at the high end. Top film stars can command the most money in general, partly because they turn most things down. THR: Who are some of the most in-demand stars for commercials? Berman: Cindy Crawford has remained very in-demand for years. Patricia Heaton is getting a lot of offers, as is Jennifer Garner -- though she hasn't said yes to anything. Halle Berry, though she's turned down everything else besides Revlon so far. Musicians are popular right now -- Gwen Stefani gets a lot of offers but turns everything down. The most popular men tend to be comedians: Bernie Mac, Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Brady. Kiefer Sutherland does a lot of voice-overs and is starting to get a lot of other offers off of 24. »

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Daniels ready for TNT's 'Goodbye'

3 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jeff Daniels is in talks to star opposite Patricia Heaton in TNT's telefilm The Goodbye Girl, Neil Simon's updated take on his 1977 feature. Goodbye, from Warner Bros. TV and TNT, centers on the relationship between a dumped-on divorcee (Heaton) and an aspiring actor (Daniels) who become unwilling co-tenants in a New York apartment. The original film starred Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss, both of whom landed Golden Globe awards and Oscar nominations for their performances. Dreyfuss won the Oscar. Simon is penning the remake and is executive producing with Ron Ziskin and Dave Collins, with Don Safran co-executive producing. Daniels most recently was seen in Stephen Daldry's The Hours, Clint Eastwood's Blood Work, the Civil War drama Gods and Generals and Super Sucker, which he also wrote and directed. He is repped by ICM. »

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Hello, 'Goodbye': Heaton on TNT redo

21 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emmy-winning actress Patricia Heaton is in negotiations to star in TNT's telefilm The Goodbye Girl, Neil Simon's updated take on his 1977 feature, sources said. Goodbye, from Warner Bros. TV and TNT, centers on the relationship between a dumped-on divorcee (Heaton) and an aspiring actor who become unwilling co-tenants in a New York apartment. The original film starred Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss, who landed Golden Globe awards and Oscar nominations for their performances. Dreyfuss won the Oscar. Simon, who won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for his original Goodbye Girl screenplay, is penning the remake and is executive producing with Ron Ziskin and Dave Collins (Showtime's Stealing Sinatra) with Don Safran co-executive producing (HR 10/29). Heaton's role as no-nonsense mom Debra Barone on CBS' hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond has earned her four consecutive Emmy nominations, with wins in 2000 and 2001. Her recent credits also include the CBS telefilm A Town Without Christmas. She is repped by UTA. »

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