'Seinfeld' Stars Want More DVD Moolah
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander — also known from 1990-98 as Elaine, George and Kramer — are saying “Bah, humbug” to the making of a “Seinfeld” DVD series because they’re unhappy with the financial deals they’ve received, The New York Times reports.
The three cast members are standing by a joint decision not to grant on-camera, behind-the-scenes interviews for the DVD or be a part of it in any way, says The Times.
Castle Rock Television, which produced the show for NBC, and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, which will distribute the DVD, “were only willing to give a small recording fee to the three of them and not a piece of the action,” a rep for one of the stars told the paper. (No member of the trio spoke directly to The Times, despite a request.) “So they all said, ‘Why should we make other people richer?'”
According to The Times, Louis-Dreyfus, Richards and Alexander still pull down about $100,000 each from “Seinfeld” residuals. For their last season on the air, they each made a then-whopping $600,000 per episode.
A spokeswoman for Seinfeld said that the star found the DVD decision by his costars disappointing. “Jerry has enormous respect for Jason, Julia and Michael, and he had a great experience working with them on the show,” said the spokeswoman, Elizabeth Clark. “He hopes they will participate in the DVD.”
Clark added that Seinfeld plans to talk to them after the holidays and hopes they will change their minds. Yada, yada, yada.