Chappelle Adds DVD Revenue Clause to TV Show Contract3 Aug, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner
Dave Chappelle has extended his contract with Comedy Central in a deal that reportedly gives the comic star half of the DVD revenue from not only future “Chappelle's Show” seasons, but the first two seasons as well. That's a serious chunk of change, given that the first season is the top-selling TV DVD of the year so far, with a reported 1.8 million units and $43 million in revenue.
Chappelle's deal preserves his role as star, co-creator, writer and executive producer of the series, along with Neal Brennan returning as co-creator, writer and executive producer, and also includes a deal for Chappelle to develop new programming ideas for Comedy Central.
“The success of the show has been phenomenal and overwhelming,” Chappelle said. “I'm looking forward to coming back to Comedy Central for a big finish and now I'm actually rich, bitch!”
The new season of “Chappelle's Show” is scheduled to begin first-quarter 2005.