We have an update to the On My Block contract renegotiations saga. Deadline is reporting that Season 3 of the series is in limbo just two weeks before the show is scheduled to begin filming.
It was reported last month that the show's four leads, Sierra Capri, Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao and Brett Gray were in fierce contract renegotiations, "seeking salary raises that would take them from the $20,000-per-episode fee they earned for the first two seasons to bumps that are comparable with the young ensemble cast of fellow Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why."
The update is that both sides are at an impasse right now and the actors "are still at a standstill with Netflix in their salary renegotiation talks, with the two sides very far apart." Shadow And Act has reached out to Netflix for comment on this new report, which says that the camp from the four actors went into negotiations with a $250,000 per episode request, which was countered by Netflix for $40,000, to which the actor's camp re-countered with $225,000 an episode. Since then, there have not been any further updates, with the actor's reps still awaiting a Netflix response. Keep in mind, though the series was renewed for Season 3, the actors' options were not picked up.
The report reads: "..one of Netflix’s arguments for resisting a major salary increase for the On My Block cast is that the series is done under the service’s 'low-budget model' with a budget of about $2 million an episode, significantly below the cost of a high-end Netflix series. But if, despite its lower budget, On My Block is able to perform on par and sometimes better than far more expensive Netflix series, that should serve to the creative auspices and talent’s advantage that they are delivering a profitable show and should be rewarded. Also, the core cast of On My Block is far smaller than that of other younger-skewing Netflix series, including Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why. Additionally, Netflix trimmed On My Block’s order size from 10 episodes in the first two seasons to 8 for Season 3, meaning that the actors’ overall compensation will go down without a raise."
On My Block has been a darling for critics and has a massive fan following. A testament to the show's popularity is the massive following that its stars have on social media, after being mostly unknown prior to the show's premiere. And, as pointed out by the report, On My Block is typically used by the streaming giant to show their commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially after the cancellation of One Day at a Time.
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