After months of negotiations, Lawrence has signed a new five-year, nine-figure overall pact renewal with his longtime home at Warner Bros. Television.
According to sources, the new deal comprises a considerable salary surge from the five-year, eight-figure overall pact the Scrubs creator inked with the studio back in 2018, before the Jason Sudeikis-led Apple comedy became a Peabody- and Emmy-winning cultural sensation. Lawrence’s new deal with the studio will start in 2023, following his current five-year pact which ends and runs over 2028.
Lawrence Wanted a Salary Increase Since Last Fall
The source says Lawrence, who had been wanting a salary raise since last fall, got several offers from other outlets that laid the strain on Warners to re-ink one of the studio’s most profuse creators for his 4th deal there.
Lawrence’s Doozer banner has been located at the Channing Dungey-led Warners since 2011 and will keep to form and develop new projects for the studio and also direct other up-and-coming writers.
The new overall, which according to sources was silently locked in December, comes following months of renegotiations since Lawrence and the Ted Lasso stars had all been wanting salary raises to indicate the show’s success for the studio.
The stars, along with Ted Lasso himself, Sudeikis, down to the last player on Richmond’s roster all gained a hike in payback in September.
As THR exclusively reported at the time, writers on the series, which got 20 Emmy nominations that include wonderful comedy series and a pair of writing mentions on the road to tying Glee as the most nominated freshman show, also got a major salary raise. Filming for the third season starts later this month in London.
Included in the writer negotiations were separate deals for Brendan Hunt (Coach Beard) and Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent), each of whom have penned multiple episodes of the show and also exec produce. Goldstein also recently inked an overall deal of his own with Warners to write and create new projects for the studio.
In September, sources said Sudeikis had already cracked a pact for the third season that pays him in the proximity of $1 million for each episode. The amount includes creator fees and compensation for his role as the show’s head writer and executive producer.
The pact, which also covers the 2 additional episodes of the current sophomore season, rose from $250,000 to $300,000 for each episode amount he earned for the first and second seasons.
That pact was negotiated before when Ted Lasso premiered to fussy reviews. The show is based on an NBC Sports short from 2013 starring Sudeikis and was developed by the star by the side of Lawrence, Hunt, and writer Joe Kelly.
Coming to Lawrence, the profound writer-producer (Scrubs, Cougar Town, Spin City), had been wanting a rich new pact that would accept him into the growingly crowded nine-figure club other profound showrunners such as Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti, and Alex Kurtzman.
Lawrence’s last pact with Warners for whom he earlier delivered such short-lived broadcast series as Undateable, Rush Hour, and Whiskey Cavalier was negotiated before the streaming wars started in earnest since platforms along with HBO Max, Apple and Peacock had yet to kick off.
His last eight-figure pact also didn’t show the breakout success of Ted Lasso, which has become Apple’s signature series.
Lawrence’s Camp Was Looking Forward to Getting a Considerable Up-front Payment
Predominantly, creators could look forward to profitable backend pacts such as syndication and international sales. With streaming having knocked off those revenue streams, the sources told THR that Lawrence’s camp was thinking about updating the pact and getting a considerable up-front payment whilst also prolonging his term with the studio.
Lawrence’s new five-year extension assists balance the lost backend of Ted Lasso and better shows his value to the studio and its corporate sibling streamer, HBO Max.
Further assisting Lawrence’s case is his capability to manage several projects. In addition to Ted Lasso, Lawrence also has the animated Clone High renewal and gave the short-lived Head of the Class upgrade for HBO Max.
Recently, he also set Shrinking, a comedy starring Jason Segel who writes by the side of Goldstein, which joins Bad Monkey with Vince Vaughn at Apple. Shrinking, declared in October, also brought on to negotiations for his new deal with Warners.
Bad Monkey began production this week, whereas Shrinking is scheduled to begin in the spring. Both the series was ordered straight to series, such as Ted Lasso, at Apple.
However, still to be determined, is how much longer Ted Lasso will run as Sudeikis has been open about having just a three-season plan for the show.
According to sources, Lawrence, Warners, and Apple all would love for the “football is life” comedy to keep well beyond three seasons and that the September deals with actors also had options for subsequent seasons. The future of the series is up to Sudeikis, a father of two who spends six or seven months out of the year filming the show in London.
ICM Partners and attorney Jared Levine repped Lawrence.