Peter Dinklage one of TV’s top earners
By Winter Is Coming on in News.

63rd Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room - Peter Dinklage

TV Guide Magazine is poised to release their annual list of the 150 highest paid actors and talent on TV. And Peter Dinklage makes the list. According to TV Guide Magazine, he makes $150,000 an episode. Or $1.5 million a season. Not bad, even for a Lannister.

That pales in comparison to some of the other earners on this list though, like Jon Stewart of The Daily Show who makes over $25 million a year or Judge Judy (!!) who tops the list at $47 million a year.

Winter Is Coming: Dinklage is obviously the biggest star in this ensemble cast. Winning an Emmy and Golden Globe will do that. I’d be curious to know how much the other actors are making per episode. I’m guessing Lena Headey has to be getting close to Dinklage money. Who else?

UPDATE: Turns out I was right about Headey, in the full article in TV Guide Magazine, it notes that Lena Headey makes the same amount per episode as her co-star: $150,000.


78 Comments

  1. 1Realm1God1King
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    STANNIS!

  2. Grijnwaald
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    For some reason, I really don’t want to know how much they’re paid!

  3. Squealy
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    They’ve done this list before and people get confused about what it is. It’s not the 150 highest paid actors — it’s just a sampling of what 150 actors/performers on different shows earn. It doesn’t mean that every actor who’s not mentioned makes less than the people who were on the list.

  4. Arthur
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    And Peter making how much before GoT?

  5. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Being a Lannister, I’m sure Peter will be using that money to pay off his debts.

    And when it comes to Charles Dance, well, if the rumours are true, you don’t want to know where his money will end up!

  6. Robard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been pretty curious about what some of the other cast make per episode, too. Makes sense that Peter and Lena would get the most since they were both well-known before the show and are the closest things to “headliners” it has. But I really wonder what the pay looks like for people like Clarke and Harington who went from unknowns to practically the faces of the show. Are they still locked into their “fresh out of drama school” pay?

  7. Jon
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hodor

  8. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I’d be really interested to know how much Sean Bean was paid actually.

  9. D'Arcy
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    This title is pretty misleading. Dinklage is included in the sample of the FIVE drama actors. The entire list is supposed to be released on TVGuide today, and I’d expect to see a lot of actors making more than Dinklage.

  10. D'Arcy
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Robard:
    I’ve been pretty curious about what some of the other cast make per episode, too. Makes sense that Peter and Lena would get the most since they were both well-known before the show and are the closest things to “headliners” it has. But I really wonder what the pay looks like for people like Clarke and Harington who went from unknowns to practically the faces of the show. Are they still locked into their “fresh out of drama school” pay?

    I think they can negotiate. You’ll notice that Clarke, Harington and Madden all moved up in the credits in the past season. Definitely some rank-climbing going on, and I’d expect pay raises accompany that.

  11. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Assuming the $50 million/year budget doesn’t inflate in accordance with the salaries, I am assuming the special effects and other creative filming technical details will take a hit. Poor direwolves!

  12. Jaison Biagini
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    not bad for a part that’s not on screen every episode and there are only 10 episodes. stewert works a lot more hours for his large paycheck. but judge judy!?!? that crap brings in enough cash to pay her that much??

  13. testure
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I love the way Peter’s status as the next thing to a leading man follows the books rise in estimation of tyrion. In the books and show we have Eddard and Sean Bean as the red herring focus and now Pete’s name rightly leads the show. I hate to apply apply social importance to the vulgar rampant joy of game of thrones but I think Pete’s tyrion does so much to blast outward prejudices on appearance. I’m very much aware I watch GOT with my dad and he’s from someone martian generation where he’s used to seeing actors of Peter’s stature more commonly in a circus. Game of thrones offers as an opportunity to see this amazing actor’s calibre…forget “stature”. To cut a long story short, you couldn’t pay this guy enough :-)

    On another note, I live in belfast and spotted Charles Dance this week, sitting outside bar ten beside where I work, fist under his chin, half-door spectacles, ruminating on what I can only imagine was a script.

  14. Mr. Lemoncloak
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    deserves every penny!

  15. Dickon Manwoody
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    At the end of the day I just really hope that it isn’t about the money, but about the role and because they love doing this job. At least I hope the money isn’t their top priority anyway.

  16. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I would guess Headey makes close to 100,000 dollars per episode and NCW makes around 80,000. Clarke and Harrington probably make around 50,000-70,000 and Dance probably the same. The rest of the cast is probably around 10,000-25,000 per episode. I imagine the budget for actor’s salaries has to be around 20-25 million.

  17. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    The budget is more likely 70-80 million. The reports were that the first season had a 50-55 million dollar budget and that the second season had an increase to around 70 million and the 3rd season had an increase from season 2. A reporter asked an HBO exec if the reported 55 million dollar budget was accurate, and he only responded that that estimate was close. I have a hard time imagining what we’ve seen in season 2 and 3 only cost 55 million to film.

  18. HodorSaab
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Not surprised
    Peter and Lena are the biggest names on the show and the best actors.

  19. Al Swearengen
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Damn I better start romancing Judge Judy.

  20. Al Swearengen
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    HodorSaab:
    Not surprised
    Peter and Lena are the biggest names on the show and the best actors.

    Dinklage is a big name for sure but I reckon Kit and Emilia are more well known than Lena Headey now.

    Also “best actors” lets not get carried away. On his day Peter can be outstanding but his performance dipped during S3. Lena’s ok, she’s not the best actress on the show by some mark.

  21. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap: I would guess Headey makes close to 100,000 dollars per episode and NCW makes around 80,000. Clarke and Harrington probably make around 50,000-70,000 and Dance probably the same. The rest of the cast is probably around 10,000-25,000 per episode. I imagine the budget for actor’s salaries has to be around 20-25 million.

    Wow…all for 3 months of filming and a few events to attend. I would hope that the $20-25 million figure also includes salaries for directors, writers, art, casting, cinematography, etc….leaving some substantive money for technical creativity…, or else so much of the grand stuff will be done offscreen or dismissed, like the battle at the Fist and the Blackwater chain from prev seasons…oh well…no complaints, just “what ifs”…

  22. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap: Hodor’s Bastard, The budget is more likely 70-80 million. The reports were that the first season had a 50-55 million dollar budget and that the second season had an increase to around 70 million and the 3rd season had an increase from season 2. A reporter asked an HBO exec if the reported 55 million dollar budget was accurate, and he only responded that that estimate was close. I have a hard time imagining what we’ve seen in season 2 and 3 only cost 55 million to film.

    I would hope so…after this year’s Emmy noms and other noms, can the expected salary escalation allow the show to expand creatively “technically” as well? I hope, I hope…some big battles and creature sequences are a-comin’!

  23. Doug
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I do tend to think this is something worth keeping an eye on. HBO hasn’t had the greatest track record in increasing pay for people as they get more notoriety.

    And what I’m essentially referring to here is Clarke and Harington are the two who I’d keep a close eye on as the years go by to see how HBO responds to them. Because right now I’m willing to guess they’re underpaid for the equivalence of their character and the popularity of the show.

    It’s one of the dark sides of TV that has obviously led to some shows going under before their time. I don’t think that will happen here, but it’s worth a mention and worth keeping an eye on.

  24. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Doug,

    That time will come. For now, they have 3 seasons left on their original contracts. I don’t think it will be that big of an issue, considering the attrition rate of this series, if you know what I mean.

  25. arden
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    HBO is notorious for being cheap to its actors.

  26. DH87
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard: Wow…all for 3 months of filming and a few events to attend.

    It’s possible that the per-episode fee is only for episodes in which the actor appears. In ensemble casts, there may be one or more episodes in which a performer doesn’t appear at all. That 1.5 million will have major deductions—the IRS for U.S. citizens and Inland Revenue for the U.K. residents, 15 percent to a talent agency, perhaps 10 percent for a manager, a salaried publicist, etc. And although filming may take three months, the performer’s availability is limited more like months, including rehearsal, costumes, travel, etc., no matter how limited his screen time. Contracts give GOT first call on the performer’s services, forcing popular actors to turn down other opportunities (and paychecks) on projects that conflict with GOT. That money is still nothing to sneeze at, but it’s a far cry from a big payday, in Hollywood terms.

    Edit to add: To put Dinklage’s salary in context, the three leads on True Blood, previously HBO’s marquee show, have received $200,000 per episode since the first season, for 6-8 minutes of screen time per episode in 12-ep seasons (l0 in 2013).

  27. Tereeza777
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Peter deserves it. Was watching him last night in that cool scene with Varys and the sorcerer. Peter’s facial expressions, as he’s trying to figure out what’s in that box, are so priceless. And Varys’ words to the sorcerer: “Hello, my old friend ………it’s been a long time” – are so perfect.
    Speaking of old friends ……. Jason “Khal Drogo” Momoa, Maisie “Arya” Williams, and Rory “the Hound” McCann will all be in my city this weekend at the Tampa Bay Comic Con. Our newspaper said that autographs and photo-ops will cost $30 each, but a hug and a kiss – only $20. Definitely going for the hug and the kiss!
    http://www.tampabaycomiccon.com/
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  28. diocletian
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Although for us poor working slobs those amounts sound substantial, the actors probably don’t net near as much when you take into consideration what they are put through.

    For example, I would hope Chas. Dance was well compensated for having to stick his hands inside the carcass of a dead stag and pull it’s entrails out – repeatedly from what I understand. Not to mention his up-coming climatic (if somewhat disgusting) scene – which, if shot according to the book, he’ll have to suffer through. I sure hope he’s reviewed his contract.

  29. Doug
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Yes but they can hold out. It’s what Gandolfini and Imperioli did on The Sopranos. They too had contracts that had a set salary, and they held out. They were not willing to honor the contract and wanted it ripped up and a new one given. HBO eventually folded and gave into their demands. I do not believe they have done that since. Just because they have 3 years left on their original contract doesn’t mean they’ll honor it, especially given their popularity and the popularity of the show.

    They are very likely being VASTLY underpaid. They have exploded in name recognition, movie/broadway roles and popularity and they’re likely being paid post drama school 2009/2010 salaries. I don’t expect them to be willing to accept that much longer, especially with Clarke now being an Emmy nominated actress.

  30. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    DH87: It’s possible that the per-episode fee is only for episodes in which the actor appears. In ensemble casts, there may be one or more episodes in which a performer doesn’t appear at all. That 1.5 million will have major deductions—the IRS for U.S. citizens and Inland Revenue for the U.K. residents, 15 percent to a talent agency, perhaps 10 percent for a manager, a salaried publicist, etc. And although filming may take three months, the performer’s availability is limited more like months, including rehearsal, costumes, travel, etc., no matter how limited his screen time. Contracts give GOT first call on the performer’s services, forcing popular actors to turn down other opportunities (and paychecks) on projects that conflict with GOT. That money is still nothing to sneeze at, but it’s a far cry from a big payday, in Hollywood terms.Edit to add: To put Dinklage’s salary in context, the three leads on True Blood, previously HBO’s marquee show, have received $200,000 per episode since the first season, for 6-8 minutes of screen time per episode in 12-ep seasons (l0 in 2013).

    Appreciate the breakdown…not a bad gig for them though. My “wow” is basically for the 6-8 minutes of screen time/episode = $150,000-200,000. I know full well all the time-taking background activities that transpire and the major chunks of $$$ taken by others surrounding the actors. It’s funny that your bills and expenses are almost always proportional to the amount of money you make.

    Of course, in this case, their names are forever etched on a piece of cinematic history, which will only increase their career opportunities, I suppose.

  31. Loki
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    AAAaaand that’s why the battle on the fist of first men was the battle on the fist of first men.

  32. GeekFurious
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    They spend more per second of a CGI shot, than they do on the majority of actor salaries per episode.

  33. Lars
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    If Headey makes the same, she needs better financial advisers. Didn’t she declare that she was broke?

  34. Skipjack
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Lars,

    I think that was in the context of filing for divorce. It seems a lot more like her lawyer might have arranged for her to be broke rather than her financial advisers. Broke doesn’t mean down and out, it means if she parts ways with her husband while they both have no recoverable money he should get none from her.

    Also, I’d really rather they hire more heavyweight actors whatever the price than add a few minutes of CGI to the season.

  35. Sean
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to go ahead and say it since everyone else is likely too scared of the PC hivemind: being a dwarf actor in a high profile role SHOULD be paid more than a typical actor in a similar profile role. Let’s be honest here; it’s exceedingly rare for dwarves to be cast for serious roles where the focus of the character isn’t just a gimmick on the what its like being a dwarf in situation XYZ. Dinklage is lucky to have this role … but at the same time he should grab as much cash while he can because these roles are exceedingly rare.

  36. Ghost
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Lars:
    If Headey makes the same, she needs better financial advisers. Didn’t she declare that she was broke?

    I remember hearing the same about a year or two ago.

  37. GeekFurious
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Sean:
    I’m going to go ahead and say it since everyone else is likely too scared of the PC hivemind: being a dwarf actor in a high profile role SHOULD be paid more than a typical actor in a similar profile role.

    Peter Dinklage would probably rather you notice him as an actor than a dwarf actor.

  38. IlyaStark
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    testure,

    I’d have the hardest time ever not to grab a binocular and place myself somewhere where i could surrepticiously read Charles’ script with him.
    I don’t know how you can stand the chance not to peek into that tantalising pile of paper.

  39. Fli
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Tereeza777,

    It makes me wonder what cast members like Conleth Hill are paid. He’s just as good (if not a better) actor than Dinklage, but I’ve always wondered if the fact his name is always listed very last on the opening credits along with the likes of Sibel Kekilli means he gets paid way less than, say, Aiden Gillen, who despite having at most the same if not less screen time, is always listed way before?

  40. DH87
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    I realize that I left out a word in my prevous post –it should have been “the performer’s availability is limited for more like seven months.” (TB’s A. Skarsgard: . . .I’ve missed out on some amazing opportunities because we shoot for seven months of the year. I’ve been offered some fantastic projects, but if they don’t fit into the window of our five-month hiatus, then I have to decline.. . . –Bullettmedia.com)

    The TB schedule was also rumored to be one reason why Joe Manganiello lost the lead in Man of Steel: producers on a $100 million project don’t want to work around some TV show schedule. Actors who sign over their most valuable screen years (age 32 to 42) to a show need $$ to make it worthwhile.

  41. Boojam
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I do not know exactly how TV guide gets these numbers, HBO is pretty secretive.
    I think high profile late night program hosts seemingly cannot avoid having a network release these kind of numbers.

    For the veteran actors in general I am guessing most have agents. It depends on what contracts they negotiate , then there may be clauses dealing with how successful each season is. For instance Peter may not have made that much first season but after a successful season and an Emmy his agent may have had parts of his contract updated.
    I think this would be true of any of the veteran actors. I don’t quite understand how an experienced actor is contracted to a multi year contract , as has been reported. Must be flex in them.

    For the younger, and first time out actors , I have not idea if they have an agent, but I would bet after 4 straight renewed season they all have agents now.
    It also may depend on how may scenes an actor shoots.

    One wonders how an actor like Oona Chaplin was paid, she seemed like a continuing character when first hired but was not told , till maybe season 3, that she would out after that.
    Roxanne McKee and Amrita Acharia , should still make up Dany’s Dothraki retinue but were written out of the series after two seasons , wonder what their contracts looked like?

    Esmé Bianco was a character who did not even exist in the books, I guess she had a season by season contract?

    As we have noted there have , are, characters who we know a still in the story who did not appear in season 3.

    An odd one was Ian McElhinney , who did not appear in season 2, but if the show was renewed would be needed. I wonder what his contract looked like?

    One thing, the show has a big profile, so being on it gives any actor on it ‘marketability’ , so it is a boon for young actors and lessor known actors. Even veterans earn a degree of notable ‘face time’ which is worth money.

  42. Arthur
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I hope HBO realizes that as the GoT saga continues there will be more and more need of VFX…

    I can imagine Dany’s pit encounter with Drogon costing millions alone by itself…

    Think about it…

    D&D will need to get one of those electric rodeo bulls that people try to ride at bars and stuff. Slap some plastic/rubber cosmetics on it, make it look like a dragons back and put the mechanical bull in the center of a square room that’s completely green screen. All the walls and floor and ceiling. Mount a camera on a robotic arm that can go 360 degrees around filming Dany riding that mechanical (prostatic dragon) bull…

    Then give the film to the CGI company and pay them millions to CGI in an epic red and black glistening Drogon in all his epic fury…

    And that’s just to have Dany in a flying scene riding Drogon. I can’t imagine how much CGI and green screen scenes will be required for the rest of the stuff…

    I hope D&D make a pitch to HBO executives, like they did with Blackwater, to grant them more millions for that pit scene…

    If done right, that can be an HBO promo scene that runs all the time in their filler time between shows… “Only on HBO” words right after…

    Why wouldn’t HBO executives give D&D an extra 5-10 million for that episode. It can be a flagship scene for HBO just like GoT is it’s flagship series now…

  43. NewJeffCT
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    How in the world did Judge Judy get $47 million a year?

  44. Pau
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    Hodor’s Bastard,

    The budget is more likely 70-80 million. The reports were that the first season had a 50-55 million dollar budget and that the second season had an increase to around 70 million and the 3rd season had an increase from season 2.A reporter asked an HBO exec if the reported 55 million dollar budget was accurate, and he only responded that that estimate was close.I have a hard time imagining what we’ve seen in season 2 and 3 only cost 55 million to film.

    Season 3 had a lower budget than season 2, probably due to Blackwater being the reason of the increase from 1 to 2…

  45. Tereeza777
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Fli:
    It makes me wonder what cast members like Conleth Hill are paid. He’s just as good (if not a better) actor than Dinklage, but I’ve always wondered if the fact his name is always listed very last on the opening credits along with the likes of Sibel Kekilli means he gets paid way less than, say, Aiden Gillen, who despite having at most the same if not less screen time, is always listed way before?

    Fli,
    Conleth is awesome as Varys. He certainly deserves to be listed nearer to the top. That’s one of my favorite things about GoT – so many great actors and actresses that I’d never even heard of before. I think I read where Conleth is also a stage actor – would love to see him on the stage!

  46. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    I agree, however your post could use a few spolier tags.

    I hope the dragons mature technically as well…the bucks spent will be necessary and could be groundbreaking. I just hope that the dragons aren’t relegated to a dank underground pit and chained…as in ADwD. They need to be seen and heard…possibly moreso than in the books. Let the chaos begin!

    There have been a number of fine examples of dragons in film, but hardly any in comparatively low-budget TV shows. My favorite “low-budget film” portrayal of dragons was in “Reign of Fire” which is over a decade old. (really!)

    Unfortunately, an ultra-high budget dragon is set to appear later this year, when Peter Jackson unveils Smaug in the latest Hobbit travesty. I’m sure many folks will be comparing the quality of the GoT dragons to other epics as they become more fierce.

  47. Ryan E
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen: Dinklage is a big name for sure but I reckon Kit and Emilia are more well known than Lena Headey now.

    Also “best actors” lets not get carried away. On his day Peter can be outstanding but his performance dipped during S3. Lena’s ok, she’s not the best actress on the show by some mark.

    His performance did not dip, he just didn’t have as good of material to work with. He still killed his scenes. He’ll have great stuff next season.

  48. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Skipjack: Lars Also, I’d really rather they hire more heavyweight actors whatever the price than add a few minutes of CGI to the season.

    Somehow I don’t see Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett walking around a sound stage performing eloquent soliliquoys and striking magnificent poses as doing justice to GoT. Although, I could see Christian Bale in a GoT role. In any case, good CGI and hungry, talented actors are needed for this unique show, imho.

  49. J
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Doug,

    Salary increase for Harrington? Harrington couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. They should dump him and make a casting change

  50. DH87
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Boojam,

    Boojam: I don’t quite understand how an experienced actor is contracted to a multi year contract , as has been reported. Must be flex in them.

    The Screen Actors Guild mandates a seven year contract for TV series produced in the US and/or by US production companies—six years at a pre-set salary and the seventh year as an option year, subject to salary negotiation. All actors working in the US are SAG members. It’s as simple as that. This structure is designed to avoid exactly what happened on Downton Abbey (a UK production)—two of the major players left after two years for “greener” pastures, leaving the showrunner floundering, as Fellows admitted publicly. The production can let the actor go, but the actor is locked in.

    All the actors have agents, for purposes of their own career and for contractual protection. Many projects are completely packaged through specific agencies these days—director, screen writer, and stars all represented by the same agency and pitched to the big studios. No non-agented actor has any chance of a real career.

  51. DH87
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Boojam: One wonders how an actor like Oona Chaplin was paid, she seemed like a continuing character when first hired but was not told , till maybe season 3, that she would out after that.

    When a part is offered, the actor knows exactly what he/she is auditioning for at the time. A casting call will specific a “lead,” a “regular,” or a “guest starring” role. Each has a specific screentime, salary range, and billing attached to it. For a role like Talisa, it would have been clear to Ms. Chaplin that her role was for X number of seasons at the time of the casting call.

  52. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Pau,

    I haven’t heard anything about S3 costing less. I’ve only seen a few quotes from the actors saying HBO put even more money into S3. I thought the cinematography certainly looked better and the CGI scenes as well. You could tell that they spread the money out instead of hoarding it for just one episode. Hopefully with an even more expensive episode coming up in S4 they won’t have to wear themselves thin.

  53. Arthur
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    I can not wait to see how awesome Smaug will look in The Hobbit… Now that’s a freaking dragon! But I also understand D&D don’t have a 500 million dollar budget.

    I just really hope D&D can make the Dany vs Drogon stare down pit scene a jaw dropping intensely amazing epically visual scene that will always be remembered and totally raise the bar on what is possible to achieve on TV.

  54. WildSeed
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Grijnwaald:
    For some reason, I really don’t want to know how much they’re paid!

    I second that sentiment .

  55. ASOIAF Fan
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    Lena is less well known than Kit or Emilia ? wow i don’t know where you get that feeling, Lena has been in hollywood in decent roles (more than 2 min of screen time like Kit last movie) long before Emilia or Kit started acting and she’s getting more work outside of GoT right now than both Kit and Emilia combined (300 : rise of an empire, city of bones, the purge, Dredd, Low Down, the poisoners)

    She was the lead of her own us tv show, what do Kit and Emilia have other than GoT? a sunken play for Emilia and some figuration for Kit ?
    Nobody knows them outside of GoT whereas a lot of Lena fans don’t even watch GoT.

    I’m not talking about acting talent, i’m not informed enough to judge, but Lena is still clearly more recognized than Kit or Emilia, for now.

  56. Victor
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I think Dinklage is worth every nickel, penny or shilling he gets. His gravitas is one of the reasons the show took off and has been successful. He’s almost “the face of the franchise” if you will. I also don’t mind, as some others do, that the actors are paid handsomely for their work, even if it is just for a few minutes per episode for 10 episodes. It’s not just that, it’s all the promotional work and travel they are being compensated for. Not to mention merchandising and having their image on posters, websites, t-shirts and toys. Some of them they aren’t getting paid for (I am guessing Dinklage isn’t getting paid for every (P)IMP shirt out there). Not to mention, the show won’t go on forever, so earn what you can while you can.

  57. Victor
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    ASOIAF Fan,

    Kit was in a movie?

  58. Nancy
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Victor,

    Silent Hill 2. He has Seventh Son and Pompeii coming out. That being said, I still think Lena is a more well known name than Kit and Emilia. She’s probably the most profilic outside of GoT. But Kit is getting more parts, Emilia will too ( she did have a part in James Franco’s directorial debut, but the film fell apart when he dropped out) and Natalie Dormer just scored a part in Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 (plus she has Rush and The Counselor coming out). I would say as these actors are getting more parts, I am sure they are restructuring contracts for pay increases. That’s the name of the game when a show becomes long-running. All of that being said, I wish TV Guide didn’t publish this stuff. I bet networks wish they didn’t too.

  59. Alvis
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Nancy,

    Emilia is also in a movie with Jude Law and damian bichir that is gonna be presented in TIFF… I really don’t want to know how much they are paid tbh but oh well

  60. Nancy
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Alvis,

    I forgot about that movie! Thanks for reminding me. I also forgot to mention that NCW is scoring quite a few parts outside of GoT too. As long as GoT does not have a Sopranos type hold out in the future, I’ll be okay.

  61. TC
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Budget for 4th season will be between 90-100mm. even with the increase margins will be just as profitable. This show is a cash cow – if you look at all the revenue sources. HBO needs to keep cache it has built. There will be a movie or two in the medium term (we are on 4 probably after 6). 14mm domestic per episode (and likely growing) at $10 a ticket will get you 140mm as baseline. Internationally will be 3x domestic revs. I imagine it will be a slice of epic moments books yet to be written. will make Sex and City movies take look like chump change. This is in the FRONT of their minds and not the back. That’s when Dinklage gets paid $10mm+. I hope some of my favorites are around to get paid too.

  62. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  63. Mormegil
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    ASOIAF Fan:
    Al Swearengen,

    Nobody knows them outside of GoT

    Which may be why a Russian Politician thought he could get away with claiming Emilia was a local Russian girl called Anya.

  64. Ser Endrew Tarth
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Emilia Clarke will also voice a role in the upcoming Futurama episode lol (second to last of the final season IIRC).

  65. Hodor
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how much do the kid actors make. You know, like Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Maisie Williams…

  66. arden
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Natalie Dormer Just got cast into Hunger Games movies as Cressida, Nice !

  67. DH87
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hodor: I wonder how much do the kid actors make. You know, like Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Maisie Williams…

    Juveniles would be treated no differently in terms of compensation once hired. The roles are lead, regular, recurring, guest—-just like everyone else. Where juvenile roles differ are in work rules (hours per day, tutor on set, etc.) and explicitness of scene. The decision-making is made at the casting stage, and that is why particularly youthful looking young-twenties actors are so often cast for “teenage” roles in film and on TV whenever possible.

  68. Sean
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious: Peter Dinklage would probably rather you notice him as an actor than a dwarf actor.

    I’m sure he would. But it doesn’t matter what he wants. Nor does it matter what I think. It only matters what the producers, directors, and casting executives think…. and that isn’t going to change.

  69. Sean
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    TC:
    Budget for 4th season will be between 90-100mm.even with the increase margins will be just as profitable.This show is a cash cow – if you look at all the revenue sources.HBO needs to keep cache it has built.There will be a movie or two in the medium term (we are on 4 probably after 6).14mm domestic per episode (and likely growing) at $10 a ticket will get you 140mm as baseline.Internationally will be 3x domestic revs. I imagine it will be a slice of epic moments books yet to be written.will make Sex and City movies take look like chump change. This is in the FRONT of their minds and not the back.That’s when Dinklage gets paid $10mm+.I hope some of my favorites are around to get paid too.

    I don’t think any of us realize just how HUGE of a cash cow it is in terms of the amount of merchandising going on. It is a pop culture phenomenon that sells literally anything it touches.

  70. Sheldon Cooper
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    How in seven hells does Judge Judy make 47 million a year!? you MUST be joking

  71. Pau
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    TC:
    Budget for 4th season will be between 90-100mm.

    Lol no. Stop posting nonsense

  72. Richard Weetabix
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Ryan E,

    Agreed–Dinklage was uniformly superb; they just had to contrive a lot of new scenes to give him screen time every episode, which ran the gamut of quality for totally other reasons.

  73. TC
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Pau,

    Nonsense is not running the numbers. Start w 1st season at 60mm and run the cast 3x salary increase, fx, locations, ect. Still a steal.

  74. Boojam
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    DH87,

    That is interesting about contracts.
    I suppose UK actors are members also of the US guilds and/or unions?
    It’s hard to believe that a veteran actor would settle for a single salary number for six years without a clause that if the show is a hit there will not be a merit raise.
    Maybe all actors with major roles can renegotiate?
    Tho I do know of Gandolfini’s law suit with HBO that he dropped when they doubled his salary.
    There is story that Roxanne McKee was not happy being told she was to be ‘offed’ at the end of season 2…. seemed to come as a surprise to her.
    So are those seven year contracts prorated? Is there a pay off if you sign a contract for 7 years and are in only two years worth?
    I wonder too , as has been done in film, that there is a provision for some kind of royalties from DVD sales and future re-runs?

    That Oona Chaplin was signed for 7 seasons but actually told she would be in only 2?
    Seems odd but guess that’s the way it goes.
    She did not seem to hid that she knew.
    We know for instance that Charles Dance is not a reader of the books yet someone told him his future, he seemed amused by it!

  75. Juego de Tronos
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    they worth it!

  76. mashiara
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Caravaggio:
    In related news, here’s Peter and Lena splurging their hard-earned Lannister money hula-hooping at a Canadian gay bar.

    This is AWESOME! The best thing I saw all week! Thank u for that link :)

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