Kunal Nayyar doesn’t believe he owes commissions to his former talent agency for his work on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. “We have not yet seen a copy of the lawsuit, but we believe our client has acted lawfully. We will respond with a full statement once we have received a copy of the filing,” said the actor’s attorney Roger S. Haber today. Filed on November 14, the suit claims Nayyar owes Diverse Talent Group more than $100,000 in unpaid commissions. The actor landed the role of Rajesh Koothrappali on the Chuck Lorre- and Bill Prady-created comedy series while he was with Diverse in 2007; he remained at Diverse until late 2010, when he moved to his present reps at Innovative Artists. The collections law firm of Neil C. Evans filed the action on behalf of Diverse at the Santa Monica courthouse, and an April 3 conference hearing on the matter has been scheduled. The Evans firm did not respond to requests for comment.
EXCLUSIVE: Just in times for the holidays, The Big Bang Theory co-star Kunal Nayyar has reached a new salary agreement with the series producer Warner Bros. TV, meaning that all five principal cast members of the hit CBS comedy series have now received substantial raises. I hear Nayyar will be paid around $75,000 an episode, up from about $25,000 he has been getting under his current deal. Nayyar was the least known of the quintet when Big Bang launched and thus started off lower than the others, who were most recently at about $40,000 (Simon Helberg) and about $60,000 (stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco). There had been talk that, just like Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco did, supporting players Nayyar and Helberg might get “favored nations” deals with equal financial terms. But that notion was put into doubt when only Helberg closed his deal a month ago to go up to over $100,000 an episode. Galecki, Cuoco and Parsons’ renegotiations were completed at the same time in September, netting each an equal raise to $200,000 per episode this season, with $50,000 annual increases for the next 3 seasons. Nayyar and Helberg’s deals also include built-in annual raises and Nayyar’s pact may also include a bonus that would bring him closer to Helberg in overall compensation.
UPDATED: Simon Helberg will have a lot more money to buy those bright-colored turtlenecks. The Big Bang Theory co-star has just landed a big raise from the series’ producer Warner Bros. TV. I hear Helberg’s new salary is in the range of $100,000-$125,000 an episode, up from the roughly $40,000 he is currently making. Helberg and fellow co-star Kunal Nayyar entered salary re-negotiations shortly after series’ leading trio, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons finished theirs in September, netting identical salary increases from about $60,000 last season to $250,000 in Season 5, $300,000 in Season 6 and 350,000 in Season 7, in addition to a piece of the CBS series’ backend. With Helberg set, Nayyar remains the only Big Bang cast member who has not reached an agreement with Warner Bros. for a new higher salary. I hear such deal is expected and, just like with Parsons, who held out for more money before accepting the terms of the studio’s final offer that Galecki and Cuoco had agreed on, if he doesn’t, his re-negotiations may be tabled until the summer. That would leave Nayyar at the current salary of about $25,000 per episode. It is not clear if Warner Bros. offered Helberg and Nayyar “favored nations”-type deals with equal financial terms the way it did with Galecki, Cuoco and Parsons. While not featured as prominently as Galecki, Cuoco …
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 29, 2010 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the recipients of the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards, hosted by Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”). The Engineering Awards ceremony will be Saturday, August 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles.
Big Bang sidekicks Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg brought their chemistry on the show to the Big Bang panel today with a couple of exchanges. The best one came when Nayyar was asked to comment on the explosion of Indian characters on TV.
“To be less politically correct, we — Indian actors — always joke that we are the new black,” he said. “Like, we are everywhere now. We are all really good-looking and talented, and I’m really happy that we continue to take over the world.”
Added Helberg, “Some day Jews will make their mark in show business.”