EXCLUSIVE: The beards of the stars from A&E‘s mega hit Duck Dynasty probably grew a few inches while their lengthy salary renegotiations were going on, but I’ve learned that the talks have successfully concluded with new deals, just in time for the series’ fourth season premiere tomorrow night. I hear the Robertsons, who have been catapulted to A-list celebrity status by the success of Duck Dynasty, have been able to secure the big salary increases they had been seeking. I’ve learned that under the new agreement, the clan will earn more than $200,000 an episode, divvied up among the nine adults and 11 kids on the show. That is roughly 4-5 times what the Robertsons previously made. Additionally, I hear the new pact includes additional seasons for the show as well as series/cast options. The Robertsons started conversations with A&E and series producer Gurney Prods. in early 2013, delaying the show’s fourth season. Duck Dynasty eventually went into production, and a fourth season premiere date was set, all while negotiations were ongoing. A&E and WME, which reps the Robertsons, had no comment.
Duck Dynasty chronicles the lives of the the bayou-dwelling Robertsons, who have built a multi-million dollar sporting empire manufacturing duck calls in Monroe, Louisiana, as they work together, play together and eat together. The season 3 finale stands as the most watched A&E series telecast ever, drawing a staggering 9.6 million total viewers, 5.6 million adults 25-54, 5.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.6 million adults 18-34. The family’s influence could spill beyond television — star Willie Robertson was a top draw at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April, and there is talk about him possibly running for Congress.