'Succession' actors negotiate Season 3 salaries, Brian Cox to be the highest paid with $400k-$500k per episode
Actors like Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun will earn roughly $300k-$350k per episode
After salary negotiations, the cast of HBO's Emmy-winning dramedy 'Succession' gets intense pay raises ahead of their third season. According to a source, the salary bump is a generous hike considering the majority of the actors were paid under $100,000 an episode.
Multiple sources have claimed that the leading actors of the series have negotiated their way into huge pay hikes, but HBO has declined to comment on the news. Jeremy Strong (who plays Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Siobhan Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) and Nicholas Braun (Cousin Greg) will earn roughly $300,000 to $350,000 per episode.
The craziest earning though would be by the main player, Brian Cox who has reportedly said to have the biggest earnings. As the main star, he plays the mogul Logan Roy and had initially started out with the bigger salary than the rest of his co-stars. He will now earn approximately, $400,000-$500,000 per episode.
It would make sense to reward hard work considering the show has made quite an impact and has definitely shone a larger light on the HBO brand after their star shows 'Game of Thrones' and 'Veep' said their farewells last year. 'Succession' chronicles the life of the Logan family that controls the biggest media and entertainment company in the world as it takes inspiration from the Murdochs and the Redstones. Towards the middle of their first season, the series took off and ended up winning an Emmy for "best drama series writing."
The increase in salaries isn't too much of a shock considering the competitive talent currently topping the charts. These actors, now on the high end of the salary spectrum are some among many who have gone on to receive pay raises as the seasons of the shows pushed forward along with its popularity. Winona Ryder and David Harbour from 'Stranger Things' earned $350,000 per episode after negotiations amid their third season, while the show's child actors were reported to have earned $250,000. HBO series, 'Westworld' actors Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton also received an increased pay to $250,000 after negotiations amid their third season as well.
'Succession' producers were to start filming their next season this month, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have shut down productions like other productions.