'Duck Dynasty' Salary Standoff Holding Up Season 4 Renewal
A version of story first appeared in the April 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The bearded stars of Duck Dynasty are asking for a big pay increase to return to A&E's top-rated series, and the salary standoff is holding up a fourth-season renewal of the show, sources tell THR.
The Robertson family, including brothers Phil and Si and Phil's sons, have seen their outdoorsman empire Duck Commander earn a small fortune thanks in part to notoriety from the hit reality series. Now they have banded together and -- represented by WME -- are angling to renegotiate their existing contracts. Sources close to the negotiation say the family is asking for more than $200,000 an episode from A&E and production company Gurney Productions to return for a fourth season, with additional raises for subsequent seasons.
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The standoff comes as little surprise given Duck Dynasty's success. Season three bowed in February to a whopping 8.6 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-to-49. In the key demo, Duck Dynasty is second only to AMC's The Walking Dead on all of cable and tops all broadcast offerings in its 10 p.m. Wednesday slot.