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Entertainment 'Arrested Development' Stars Get Pay Bumps After "Recut" Episode Complaints (Exclusive)

21:22  17 may  2018
21:22  17 may  2018 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

'Arrested Development' Pay Dispute Erupts Over "Recut" Episodes (Exclusive)

  'Arrested Development' Pay Dispute Erupts Over Producer 20th Century Fox Television expanded Netflix's 15-episode fourth season to a full 22 episodes for a possible syndication deal, and the show’s star-studded cast believes it should receive extra compensationSources tell The Hollywood Reporter that actors including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and David Cross are asking for added compensation after creator Mitch Hurwitz and producer 20th Century Fox Television re-edited the 15-episode season to a full 22 with the hope of providing a new lure for fans and landing a lucrative syndication deal for the comedy.

The cast of Netflix's Arrested Development are getting their back pay . Hurwitz, in a recent post on social media, announced that he had recut season four and shuffled content from "15 individualized stories into 22 interwoven stories the length of the original series" as what he called "an experiment to

' Arrested Development ' stars stand by co- star Tambor. The creator and executive producer of " Arrested Development " acknowledges that some people As a part of the submissions for Arrested Development Season 5, which comes five years after Season 4 debuted on Netflix, the streamer has

The cast of Netflix's Arrested Development are getting their back pay.

Two weeks after The Hollywood Reporter reported that the stars of the revived comedy from 20th Century Fox Television took issue with the expanded and "recut" fourth season of the Netflix comedy, the studio has agreed to pay the cast for seven additional episodes. Actors including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and David Cross, among others, will receive additional compensation based on the sliding scale that was used to determine their original season four salaries.

Jeffrey Tambor 'Feels Great' at First Red Carpet Since 'Transparent' Harassment Allegations (Exclusive)

  Jeffrey Tambor 'Feels Great' at First Red Carpet Since 'Transparent' Harassment Allegations (Exclusive) The 'Arrested Development' actor, who has publicly denied all allegations against him, walked the premiere carpet for the Netflix series' fifth season on Thursday.ET’s Sophie Schillaci caught up with the cast of Arrested Development at the Netflix comedy’s season five premiere on Thursday, and asked Tambor how it felt to be back in the spotlight after a tumultuous year.

Including the recut season, Arrested Development has 75 total episodes — plus its upcoming fifth season, which debuts May 29 and could consist of 17 episodes (per a 2015 interview with executive producer Brian Grazer).

' Arrested Development ''s actors may not get paid again for season four's remixed season. Before Arrested Development 's season five hits Netflix later this month, the series' creator, Mitch Hurwitz, released a recut version of season four for the streaming platform.

Representatives from 20th TV and Netflix declined to comment.

The dispute, another example of the TV industry's complex economics, erupted after the stars were not happy creator Mitch Hurwitz and 20th TV re-edited the 15-episode fourth season to become a full 22 with the hope of providing a new lure for fans as well as landing a lucrative syndication deal for the series.

Netflix revived the former Fox favorite for a fourth season, dropping all 15 episodes in one go in 2013 after reuniting the cast for a Rashomon-style story with each episode following one Bluth family member. The stand-alone episodes were created as a workaround to accommodate the busy schedules of its breakout cast.

a group of people sitting at a table© Provided by The Hollywood Reporter Hurwitz, in a recent post on social media, announced that he had recut season four and shuffled content from "15 individualized stories into 22 interwoven stories the length of the original series" as what he called "an experiment to find out, well … I guess 'if I could make some money,'" adding that he hoped the series would "syndicate eventually." (Hurwitz also recut the season as a "comedic experiment," he wrote.) The move, sources say, was instigated by 20th TV, with the studio hoping to score a financial windfall by selling Arrested Development in syndication globally after Netflix’s window. (Hurwitz first revealed the plan to recut the episodes for a 22-episode season back in 2016.)

'Arrested Development' stars stand by co-star Tambor

  'Arrested Development' stars stand by co-star Tambor The creator and executive producer of "Arrested Development" acknowledges that some people will not like his decision to keep Jeffrey Tambor on the show after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced last October."Good people will find this offensive," explained Mitchell Hurwitz. "I, too, get worked up when I hear about Harvey Weinstein and other people who have taken advantage of people. But I also believe very strongly that we don't want to live in a world where accusations ruin people's lives. We have tried that as a human race and it doesn't always,"Good people will find this offensive," explained Mitchell Hurwitz.

' Arrested Development ' Stars Get Pay Bumps After " Recut " Episode Complaints ( Exclusive ). Sounds like PR fluff. There's no way that a spinoff of The Originals does better than Wayward Sisters for them. And they're going to air it after Supernatural?

" Arrested Development " has been all over our timelines in the past week, which is such It's not bad money, but if the show and Hurwitz are making more from this new recut deal, the stars ' reps The cast position is that the additional episode count effectively reduces the pay -per- episode that was

Sources say Hurwitz added a few minutes of unaired content that didn't make it into Netflix's original 30-minute-plus season-four episodes. The 15 original episodes were cut down to 22-minute installments over 22 episodes that are more in line with its original Fox run and more suitable to be sold in bulk. (Netflix also is airing the new 22-minute episodes on the service.)

But while Hurwitz may be making more money with the stunt, the Arrested Development cast wasn't. At the time, most of the cast — which also includes Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat and Tony Hale — was paid $100,000 each for their stand-alone episodes, $50,000 for each installment where they had a little screen time, and another $25,000 for ones in which they barely appeared.

Reps for the cast had asked for additional fees to correspond with the additional episodes, but 20th TV initially balked, arguing that it had the right to re-edit the existing episodes that have already aired however it chooses without paying the actors more. The cast position is that the additional episode count effectively reduces the pay-per-episode rate that was negotiated, especially since the studio stands poised for a financial windfall thanks to a possible syndication pact. Sources note that 20th TV later reversed course on its position, deciding that the cast's argument had merit. Sources also note that SAG became involved after the dispute went public, helping to expedite a resolution to the dispute.

Including the recut season, Arrested Development has 75 total episodes — plus its upcoming fifth season, which debuts May 29 and could consist of 17 episodes (per a 2015 interview with executive producer Brian Grazer). That would bring the series into the episode inventory traditionally required for a syndication pact.

Arrested Development originally ran on Fox from 2003-06, winning an Emmy for best comedy series in 2004. Hurwitz signed a multiyear deal with Netflix in 2014.

Netflix Cancels 'Arrested Development' U.K. Press Tour Amid Jeffrey Tambor Backlash .
"At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the UK but hope to bring the cast back at another time," Netflix said in a statement."We had planned to have most of the Arrested Development cast in London this week to support the launch of the new season and meet fans," Netflix said in a statement on Thursday. "At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the UK but hope to bring the cast back at another time.

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