Well somebody has been reading our negotiating tips! Mad Men actresses Elizabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and January Jones are said to have negotiated big pay raises, as news comes producers are locking down its stars and salaries in the run-up to the start of season six.
Moss and Jones (both Emmy nominated) have reached agreements with Lionsgate to continue on the series for the forthcoming seasons six and seven, Deadline.com reports. According to the website: “When all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on the deals, one of which is still being finalized, I hear Jones, Moss and [castmember Vincent] Kartheiser are poised to receive significant salary bumps well into six figures per episode.” Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway, is also looking at a significant pay increase but is still in negotiations. Hendricks was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on the show. According to Boston.com:
“The contract for Moss should quell concerns about her feisty copywriter Peggy Olson exiting the show after the character left the ad agency this season. Similarly, it means we’ll be seeing Kartheiser’s smug Pete Campbell in both seasons after some viewers began to predict his character was headed toward a life-threatening meltdown. Meanwhile, Jones will return as Draper’s ex-wife Betty Francis, while Hendricks is working on a deal to resume her role as curvy office manager-turned-junior partner Joan Holloway.”
These are significant pay raises and are probably pretty significant considering that Hendricks technically plays a supporting character but it should be noted that Jon Hamm, who plays lead Don Draper, signed a three-year pact before this past season for eight figures, which will come out to about $10 million.
Season six of the series begins shooting in October.