Sources say producers Warner Bros. TV and Apple TV+ are also negotiating over #TedLasso's licensing fees, with the studio's linear rights to the Emmy-nominated comedy at the center of the battle https://t.co/BdHjEXGmPY— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 14, 2021
Sudeikis has already closed a deal for season three that will pay him $1 million an episode.
It includes creator fees and compensation for his role as the show’s head writer and exec producer.
It covers the two extra episodes of season 2, is up from the $250,000 to $300,000 per-episode sum he earned for seasons one and two.
Hannah Waddingham (Rebecca), Goldstein, Juno Temple (Keeley) and Hunt, all scored raises that take them from the $50,000 to $75,000 range they earned per episode for seasons one and two to the $125,000 to $150,000 territory. Waddingham, Temple and Goldstein have already closed rich new deals for season three. Goldstein also negotiated a second payday for his role as writer and exec producer on the series, with Hunt doing the same.
Showrunner Bill Lawrence is also seeking an increase from the five-year, eight-figure overall deal he signed with Warners in late 2018
Other actor deals are also expected to close in the coming weeks as Warners and Apple solidify a new licensing deal, with the latter taking on added costs of the show.
Further complicating negotiations is the uncertain future of Ted Lasso beyond season three. Sudeikis has been open about envisioning only a three-season run for Ted Lasso. Lawrence, Warners and Apple all would love for Ted Lasso to continue well beyond a third season. Ultimately, the future of the show is up to Sudeikis, a father of two who spends six or seven months out of the year filming the show in London.