Those Jersey Shore kids are filthy rich. We all know it. They got stinky rich from wearing hair gel and spray tans while they got plastered and laid. Now, thanks to a lawsuit filed against DJ Pauly D by International Creative Management, we no longer have to speculate about exactly how many millions DJ Pauly D gets to party before our rapt eyes. (Not that he doesn’t necessarily deserve it, that show really pulls out the ratings.)
A suit filed by International Creative Management, ICM, says Pauly D and his company Blowout Enterprises majorly owe them over failure to pay percentages in a contractual representation agreement entered in January 2010. They claim they were able to negotiate Pauly’s large payments for appearing on Jersey Shore, and in exchange were supposed to get 10%.
Pauly D’s lawyer Hillary H Hughes claims that Pauly doesn’t owe ICM a dime because he left them for the William Morris Endeavor and says they’re trying to take advantage of the famous reality star.
“We are surprised by ICM’s contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor,” Hughes told TheWrap. “ICM was paid for its services. It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency.”
Whether or not Pauly actually owes them money, the suit gives a glimpse at exactly how much Pauly make from Jersey Shore (this doesn’t include any other money he gets through his own businesses, products, DJings, appearance fees, etc.) While the fees are high, even the most highly compensated reality stars don’t make as much as actors on equivalently rated scripted shows. Because Jersey Show has good ratings, the cast deserves to be compensated well. Pauly, and the rest of the cast, are also smart about developing their “characters” into profitable brands. Pauly has the added advantage of also having a skill, DJing. More power to him.
Here’s what Pauly made for Season 4 of Jersey Shore: $100,000 for each of the 12 episodes, plus a $400,000 signing bonus, and $200,000 “thank you” bonus. Total: $1.8 million.
No additional info on Season 5, might be similar to Season 4′s compensation.
For the upcoming Season 6, Pauly reportedly gets a raise to $175,000 each for 12 episodes, and will no doubt get other bonuses for signing, doing the reunion, etc.