Jon Hamm has signed a new three-year deal with Lionsgate Television to lead Mad Men on AMC straight through to its series finale.
The reportedly eight-figure Mad Men deal replaces Hamm’s former two-year pact with a bump in pay going to the actor in exchange for an additional year of service as Don Draper. Given the drama’s dominance at the Emmy’s over the past several years, the raise was more than warranted.
Mad Men creator/executive Matthew Weiner and Lionsgate were involved in extended negotiations earlier this year that pushed back the season 5 premiere to March 2012. Weiner eventually signed a guaranteed two-year deal with an option for a third. With Hamm now signed, sealed and delivered, Lionsgate is expected to pick up the third year option on Weiner so the pair can ride out the series together.
Other cast members are expected to sign deals that carry them through another 3 years of Mad Men with pay bumps as well.