Three-season pact will take thesp to low six figures per episode
Don Draper is in for a big raise on “Mad Men.”Jon Hamm has inked a new three-season pact with Lionsgate TV that calls for him to receive a big bump for “Mad Men’s” coming fifth season. By the third year of the deal, the thesp who has earned accolades for his role as the complicated ad man will earn more than $250,000 an episode, according to industry sources. Lionsgate TV previously had a deal with Hamm that ran through season six of the series. But after Lionsgate and AMC reached a three-year deal with “Mad Men” creator-exec producer Matt Weiner in March for a fifth, sixth and seventh season, the pressure was on the studio to renegotiate Hamm’s pact to include a seventh season in order to avoid any high-stakes negotiations down the road for what Weiner has said will be the skein’s final season. Reps for Lionsgate and Hamm declined comment. Sources indicated that the talks went pretty smoothly. Deal guarantees Hamm 39 more episodes of the period drama, for which he’s earned three consecutive Emmy noms plus a Golden Globe win. Hamm’s repped by ICM and manager Connie Tavel.