‘Big Bang’ Co-Stars Mayim Bialik & Melissa Rauch Get Major Salary Bumps As Show Faces License Fee & More Cast Negotiations

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mayim Bialik Melissa Rauch Big Bang TheoryEXCLUSIVE: The newest additions to the cast of CBS‘ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory have scored nice salary bumps. I’ve learned that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch — regulars on Big Bang since fall 2010 having started off as guest starring-turned-recurring players on the popular comedy — have both renegotiated their current salaries, which have been in the $20,000-$30,000 range per episode. No one is commenting but I hear the duo will be making about double that, in the neighborhood of $60,000, this coming season, with their pay steadily increasing every year to reach close to $100,000 an episode by the end of their contracts. As a result of the renegotiation, I hear Bialik and Rauch, who play Sheldon and Howard’s brainy better halves Amy and Bernadette, respectively, also have added a year to their current deals.

The Bialik/Rauch deal is the first in what is going to be a big season behind-the-scenes at Big Bang, which, six years into its run, is firing on all cylinders creatively and commercially. Over the next eight months, Big Bang faces license fee negotiations as the series is currently renewed by CBS through this season, as well as contract negotiations with the entire original cast, whose deals also are all up at the end of this season. With the series doing so well and eying a potential strong showing at the Emmys this weekend, none of these is going to be easy. Like the salary renegotiations in 2010, leads Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are expected to negotiate in one group and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar in another. Observers expect Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco, currently at $350,000 an episode, to land north of $500,000 when it’s all said and done. Read More »

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NBA Star Blake Griffin Eyed For ‘Flock Of Dudes’; Comedy Adds Melissa Rauch

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 3:27pm PDT

Blake Griffin movieEXCLUSIVE: Bro comedy Flock of Dudes wants to power forward with NBA star Blake Griffin, who is being courted for a role in the indie pic now filming in LA. Film may be a natural fit for the 24-year-old Griffin, who’s earned a huge social media following by engaging off court with fans at @BlakeGriffin32, a Twitter feed I like to call “Blake Griffin Wow!” Griffin has appeared as himself in numerous commercials and shorts for Funny Or Die. And the 6’10″ Clippers standout has been accused of displaying some keen acting skills on the court. Flock of Dudes would mark Griffin’s film debut playing a version of himself. He’s repped by Excel Sports Management.

Meanwhile, Big Bang Theory/The Office/True Blood alum Melissa Rauch is joining the cast after putting in a fan-pleasing emceeing turn at the Big Bang Theory‘s Comic-Con panel last week. Her film credits include You Are Here, I Love You Man and Delirious. She is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Peikoff Mahan Law Office. Flock Of Dudes stars Chris D’elia as a thirtysomething who breaks up with his best buds in order to grow up. Read More »

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