Big Bang Theory raises : stars push for major raises

Big Bang Theory raises, Taking a cue from the "Friends'" cast successful salary negotiations in the 1990s, "Big Bang Theory" co-stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parson and Kaley Cuoco have banded together to demand big-time salary increases from their bosses at Warner Bros. Television.

All three already earn $325,000 per episode, but Deadline reported Wednesday that industry insiders expect them to get more than $500,000 per episode when contract negotiations end.
The Hollywood Reporter says their expectations are even higher, reporting that the three leads could be asking for up to $1 million.

Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch made the first move, successfully pushing for significant pay raises of $60,000 each per episode, up from their current $20,000-30,000 per-episode paychecks. Their salaries will eventually increase to $100,000 per episode.

Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who play Howard and Raj respectively, are also likely to negotiate as a unit.

While the large pay raise requests might seem like a lot of money, the success of the Chuck Lorre sitcom has proved a powerful bargaining chip for the series' stars. "Big Bang Theory's" sixth season has been a major ratings success -- -- both on CBS and in syndication on TBS -- and Warner Bros. stands to rake in plenty of cash from advertising revenue.

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