Chris Pratt tops TV’s highest-paid list with $1.4million PER EPISODE for Amazon’s The Terminal List… as movie star streaming deals cause a boom in small screen salaries
- Pratt topped Variety’s list with $1.4M per episode for The Terminal List
- Jeff Bridges was second with $1M per episode for The Old Man
- Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston came in third with $750K per episode for Your Honor
- Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are making between $650K-$750K each episode of the upcoming reboot
- Streaming giants Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+ and HBO Max are behind the big money deals who are willing to pay for A-List talent
Chris Pratt has topped Variety’s list of highest-paid TV stars with a staggering $1.4million per episode for the Amazon Prime thriller The Terminal List.
The boom in salaries has been put down to the aggressive streaming wars between the likes of Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu, and HBO Max, who are willing to shell out big paydays for A-List stars.
The full list, published Tuesday, features 28 actors including Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis, Mare of Easttown’s Kate Winslet, and Gillian Anderson for the upcoming series The First Lady.
Jeff Bridges came in second on the list with $1M per episode for The Old Man, which is set to premiere on FX on Hulu in 2022.
Big payday: Chris Pratt has topped TV’s highest-paid list with $1.4million PER EPISODE for Amazon’s The Terminal List… in a new report published by Variety on Tuesday
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was third in the list with $750,000 per episode for Your Honor, for the channel SHOWTIME that premiered last December.
However, the report notes that while Pratt, 42, is top of the list, there are rumors that Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. is earning over $2million for Vietnam War thriller The Sympathizer for HBO Max.
Though it is unclear as yet exactly how much Downey Jr., 56, is getting paid or what type of deal the movie star has secured.
Movie star money: Pratt – a leading man on the big screen – is earning a whopping $1.4M per episode thanks to Amazon Prime Video
Raking it in: Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges was second with $1M per episode for The Old Man (left) while Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston came in third with $750K per episode for Your Honor
Close behind are Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis – who are all said to be earning around $650K-$750K per episode for the reboot And Just Like That… on HBO Max.
Although, Parker, 56, is thought to be earning more than her co-stars as she is also an executive producer.
Oscar-winner Winslet, 45, is said to have received around $650,000 per episode for her hit crime drama Mare of Easttown, while Sudeikis, 45, received a $400,000 per episode check for season one of Ted Lasso.
In disbelief: Cranston in Your Honor, for the channel SHOWTIME that premiered last December
Impressive: Jeff Bridges in The Old Man, which is set to premiere on FX on Hulu in 2022
HBO also stumped up the cash for their prestige drama Succession, which reportedly sees lead star Brian Cox take home between $400K-$500K per episode as ailing mogul Logan Roy.
NBC is reportedly splashing out $400,000 per episode to Ted Danson for his role in Mr. Mayor, coming hot off the heels of The Good Place.
The report highlights how the streaming giants have changed the TV landscape and the way in which stars get paid.
Hit on her hands: Kate Winslet was reportedly paid $650,000 per episode for HBO crime drama Mare of Easttown
Reasons to be cheerful: Jason Sudeikis is said to have received a $400,000 per episode check for season one of Ted Lasso
From the big to small screen: Movie stars like Kate Winslet and Jason Sudeikis are being drawn to the small screen
It used to be the case that actors would earn a fortune in back-end deals and syndication rights, like the cast of Friends who broke records when they scored a $1M per episode deal back in 2002.
Now it seems that stars are looking to get all their cash upfront, as the streaming companies will own the TV shows, and do not offer royalties like normal TV networks.
‘Back end doesn’t mean anything anymore in television, unless you’re Dick Wolf or some mega-producer who is doing network procedurals,’ an anonymous talent agent told the outlet.
Return: Sex and the City stars Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker are said be receiving upwards of $750K per episode of the reboot And Just Like That…
Adding: ‘Anything you get in terms of back-end compensation at this point is just gravy.’
Other TV insiders reveal that the streaming giants are under more pressure than ever to create big hits with A-List talent at the helm, and are willing ‘to spend a ton of money.’
Hence why Hollywood stars including Michelle Pfeiffer, Steve Martin and Winona Ryder have been tempted by streaming shows.
Variety’s Highest-Paid TV Stars List
Chris Pratt (The Terminal List) – $1.4M per episode
Jeff Bridges (The Old Man) – $1M per episode
Bryan Cranston (Your Honor) – $750K per episode
Sarah Jessica Parker (And Just Like That…) – $650K-$750K per episode
Cynthia Nixon (And Just Like That…) $650K-$750K per episode
Kristin Davis (And Just Like That…) $650K-$750K per episode
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown) – $650K per episode
Gillian Anderson (The First Lady) – $600K per episode
Michelle Pfeiffer (The First Lady) – $600K per episode
Viola Davis (The First Lady) – $600K per episode
Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us) – $600K per episode
Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) – $600K per episode
Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building) – $600K per episode
Alec Baldwin (Dr. Death) – $575K per episode
Brian Cox (Succession) – $400K-$500K per episode
Angela Bassett (9-1-1) – $450K per episode
Jude Law (The Third Day) – $425K per episode
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) – $400K per episode (Season 1)
Henry Cavill (The Witcher) – $400K per episode
Ted Danson (Mr. Mayor) – $400K per episode
Sara Gilbert (The Conners) $400K per episode
John Goodman (The Conners) $400K per episode
Laurie Metcalf (The Conners”) $400K per episode
David Harbour (Stranger Things) – $350K-$400K per episode
Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) – $350K-$400K per episode
Jeremy Strong (Succession) – $300K-$350K per episode
Kieran Culkin (Succession) – $300K-$350K per episode
Sarah Snook (Succession) – $300K-$350K per episode
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