The next tier down consists of all the younger stars of the show - Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo - who will now earn $250,000 per episode. Meanwhile, the supporting teen cast members Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton and Joe Keery will reportedly earn $150,000 an episode. Other sources suggest Brown is in her own tier, commanding $300,000 per episode.
With production for the third season of Stranger Things just around the corner, the stars of the hit show have apparently entered into some rather successful salary negotiations. The child and adult stars of the series will all make six figures per episode for the coming season.
While actors cast as series regulars on a TV show nearly always have long-term deals, it has become a tradition for the casts of successful series to renegotiate their contracts after the second season after receiving one-time bonuses ahead of Season 2. Those working behind "Stranger Things" have renegotiated wages as should be the case on a series like this, and there doesn't appear to be any scandal of a gender wage gap looming, as was the case for the first two seasons of "The Crown". A show becomes a hit, the cast is going to understandably want paid more, the network understands and agrees, gives a sizable raise, let's all get back to work.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Netflix for comment. Ranking behind "Stranger Things" which got 4.3 million demand expressions, the second season of "Marvel's Jessica Jones" garnered 4 million expressions.
"We are leaning into it", Matt Duffer told Indie Wire. And the popularity of the show has prompted Netflix to strike licensing deals with clothing companies like Hybrid Apparel and Hot Topic, even leading the company to hire an executive (Jess Richardson) to oversee those efforts.
Dyer, who plays Nancy, is now filming Dan Gilroy's as yet untitled new movie with John Malkovich, Rene Russo and Toni Collette, and Keery has signed on for the film Beef with Timothy Olyphant and Jai Courtney. While the streaming service isn't sharing any secrets about pay grade or viewership, the widespread impact that Stranger Things has had on popular culture is enough to indicate how these deals occurred. And for Ryder, the drama is widely considered her comeback vehicle.
The series which was created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer earned 18 nominations at the Emmys a year ago and is believed to be one of the most watched shows in Netflix history. These three teenagers have contributed significantly to the Season 2 storyline and are expected to do the same in Season 3.