$ 100m gravy train

Men will still pay the bills for Char­lie Sheen

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

THE Two and a Half Men gravy train will not be stop­ping for Char­lie Sheen just be­cause he was fired from the hit se­ries.

As the legal battle rages on be­tween the ac­tor and Warner Bros, the pro­duc­tion com­pany for the hit sit­com, the star still stands to make $ 100 mil­lion off the show re­gard­less of how the legal chips fall. And that is for do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing.

Even though he will no longer ap­pear on episodes of Two and a Half Men, and the show may never pro­duce an­other orig­i­nal episode, Sheen has al­ready made 177 episodes that will live on and pay him into per­pe­tu­ity.

‘‘ Sheen will make mil­lions, de­pend­ing on how good a deal he got on his resid­u­als when he ne­go­ti­ated his con­tract be­cause of all the an­cil­lary op­por­tu­ni­ties there are for the show,’’ TV an­a­lyst Brad Adgate said. ‘‘ Syn­di­ca­tion and global dis­tri­bu­tion of the show are go­ing to be big mon­ey­mak­ers for Sheen.’’

If Warner Bros is able to har­vest around $ 4 mil­lion an episode for Two and a Half Men in do­mes­tic syn­di­ca­tion, me­dia an­a­lysts es­ti­mate Sheen, as the show’s lead­ing man, stands to gain about half a mil­lion per episode. De­pend­ing on how his con­tract was struc­tured, Sheen could ex­pect a rev­enue stream of around $ 88.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally from re­runs.

Com­edy syn­di­ca­tion deals are also typ­i­cally more lu­cra­tive than deals for scripted dra­mas.

The hit com­edy Se­in­feld fin­ished its run 12 years ago and has made nearly $ 3 bil l i on through syn­di­ca­tion since.

While ex­act fig­ures have not been re­leased, Forbes es­ti­mates that the lead ac­tor Jerry Se­in­feld brings i n be­tween $ 65 mil­lion to $ 80 mil­lion an­nu­ally from re­runs.

Two and a Half Men be­gan syn­di­ca­tion three years ago and is con­sis­tently ranked as the num­ber one syn­di­cated com­edy f or adults. DVD s al es and Net­flix rentals could also be worth as much as $ 100 mil­lion for the show, over the next sev­eral years ac­cord­ing to me­dia an­a­lysts. Of that to­tal, Sheen could gain about 10 per cent, giv­ing him an­other $ 10 mil­lion pay­day for a show he is now try­ing to bury.

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