The popular sitcom Friends ran for 10 seasons (1994-2004) on NBC since the tumultuous mid-1990s; Where it was shown in the United States on Thursday evening every week in the evening prime, causing a revolution in social concepts by presenting the relationship of friends as an alternative to the family relationship, through 6 characters of men and women living in the heart of New York City, who appeared in the opening show laughing in one of its fountains .
One of its episodes, which was shown in 1996, attracted 52.9 million viewers, which is about 4 million viewers more than the number of people who watched ABC news at the same time, according to statistics from the Nielsen Research Center. View notification. Read also Series without laughter .. Why was comedy absent from Ramadan drama?For the first time in 19 years .. “Fast Times” brings together Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston” Death to 2020″… Let’s laugh together about what happened in 2020The series “Friends” .. the reunion episode filled with memories of nostalgia, laughter and tears
The most popular in the world
“Friends” remains one of the most popular shows in the world, with an audience spanning a wide age range across continents, and praised by fans from different countries, after it gained a new generation of fans when its 236 episodes appeared on Netflix. In 2015. Before leaving it to Warner Bros., which took back the broadcast rights to its own platform, HBO Max, for $425 million for 5 years, starting in 2020.
Most recently, Friends: The Reunion premiered on the first anniversary of Warner Brothers’ launch, and was viewed by 29% of US households alone on the first day of its launch. In addition to 55.4% of viewers of the show on HBO Max, more than 50% of Americans are in the 35-54 age group. As reported by Variety.
It is not strange, then, – after these years of resounding success – that the heroes of “friends” and its manufacture are poured out millions of dollars, and its producers account for billions.
Profits in billions and millions of wages
In celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary, the actors renegotiated their salaries together, earning $1 million per episode. According to the Hollywood Reporter.
And now – 27 years after its appearance – its stars and industry are still on a rocketing rise. In a report by Forbes, it was stated that the series “Friends Reunion” – which was broadcast last week on “HBO Max” after a long wait. The six actors – Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and Ross – were paid up to $5 million each for one night of work, a paltry sum compared to what they earned over nearly three decades, according to Forbes.
This widely popular TV comedy has generated nearly $1.4 billion in earnings since its debut in 1994, according to estimates that the six Friends stars earned nearly $816 million in pre-tax earnings, or about $816 million in pre-tax earnings. Approximately $136 million each, after their salaries rose from $22,500 an episode in the first season to $1 million in the later episodes; This made Aniston, Cox and Kudrow among the highest-paid actresses at the time.
The show’s creative team — director David Crane, writer Marta Kaufman and executive producer Kevin Bright — also shared at least $550 million in profits, people familiar with the matter told Forbes.
4 seasons of losses
When the series first aired, money did not immediately flow in; During the first four years, the producing company lost money on the show, but by the time the series entered its fifth season, it began covering production costs, by selling reruns to local stations, cable networks, broadcasting services and channels outside the United States, in addition to a series of deals that Forbes says that some of them amounted to about $4.8 billion, not including revenue from DVD sales, which brought the company a billion dollars in annual profits.
Forbes also estimates funding proceeds at $260 million for the cast and at least $475 million for the creative team, based on data provided by Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P Global) and close-deal conversations with lawyers, agents and executives. Warner Brothers and series stars and content makers comment on these numbers.
Starting with the ninth and tenth seasons, things came to a head, and the co-stars demanded $1 million per episode, as well as 2% of syndication’s revenue, which is an estimated $20 million per year just from re-broadcasts. According to the Cosmopolitan website.
After their lucrative wages, the series’ six stars still share the spoils of the reboot, and continue to work in television and film, led by Jennifer Aniston, the biggest financial success and continuing to appear on Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses over the years, with a net worth of $200 million in 2017. Aniston also moved to television via “Apple TV” in 2019, as a presenter for “The Morning Show”, for one million dollars per episode, and was nominated for an Emmy Award.