Season 3 of Netflix‘s controversial high school drama series 13 Reasons Why is officially on the way, with big salary jumps for the cast.
Word broke earlier this month that season 3 was in limbo due to a number of requested pay negotiations that still had not been worked out. Well, Netflix has opted to go ahead with the pay rises, more than doubling what some cast members were making per episode in the first season.
According to Deadline, lead actor Dylan Minnette – now the sole lead since Katherine Langford has left the series – will be earning in the range of $US200,000 per episode. That’s a solid rise from the $US80,000 vicinity he was seeing per episode in season 1.
The other seven core cast members, including Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Christian Navarro, Miles Heizer, Devin Druid and Ross Butler, will be paid around $US135,000 per ep. If there’s a fourth season, which is likely, they could be looking at around $US150,000.
While it’s quite normal for series cast members to negotiate higher salaries with each new season, the demands here reportedly may have something to do with the pay jumps Netflix agreed on for the young cast of Stranger Things. The cast member of the hit supernatural series are said to be getting around $US250,000 per episode in season 3.
It’s hard to know how 13 Reasons Why‘s ratings fare, since Netflix keeps its performance data firmly under lock and key. But with all the buzz surrounding the show when each season arrived and with a third season now on the way, it’s clear that its a strong earner.
“13 Reasons Why has been enormously popular and successful,” CEO Reed Hastings said at the Netflix shareholder meeting. “It is controversial. But nobody has to watch it.”