Cartwright’s vox to pop for ‘Simpsons’

Voice of Bart close to contract renewal

Nancy Cartwright, who lends her voice to the character of Bart on “The Simpsons” is close to renewing her contract with 20th Century Fox TV for about $50,000 per episode, sources said.

Cartwright’s new salary is about double what she earned this year.

The regular cast of Fox’s animated hit — except Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson), who had a previous deal in place — had joined together to ask a hefty salary hike before signing on to work for another season (Daily Variety, March 13).

The other cast members, including Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta, are still negotiating for raises before agreeing to return.

Either way, 20th has begun to search for possible replacements in the event that deals with other actors aren’t inked soon (Daily Variety, March 19). Twentieth Century Fox had no comment.

“Simpsons” is a key asset for News Corp. and has generated more than $500 million for the studio over its lifespan. Cast members, who have been earning $30,000 per episode or less, have been trying to convince 20th to share the rewards of “The Simpsons’ ” success.

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