While the creators of The Office and Friends are expected to make millions from the new megadeals that take their shows away from Netflix, the shows' stars are unlikely to see much benefit. "Not everyone associated with a hit show benefits from backend, anyway," says Bryn Elise Sandberg. "In fact, most of the Friends and Office actors aren't expected to see much money from these deals beyond their SAG-AFTRA residuals. One person familiar with The Office agreement says that star Steve Carell has some points, but it's unlikely other members of the ensemble do. And on Friends, multiple sources say the six principal castmembers negotiated somewhere around a half-point to a point each in later seasons. To put that in perspective, about 15 points are usually reserved for creators."
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