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Friends cast earn millions of dollars to return for a reunion specially on HBO Max

It’s the one where the gang meets again – and it is said to have cost $ 3 million for each main cast member.

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry will all back for a one-time special that debuted with HBO Max in May. The cast “earns more than double their previous cost per episode for the reunion and is paid between $ 2.5 million and $ 3 million for the special,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, who reported based on anonymous sources. That is more than double what the actors paid per episode in the 10th and last season in 2004.

friends is a major problem for HBO Max and WarnerMedia as a whole. Company paid more than $ 425 million in 2019 to secure the exclusive rights to the series. friends was previously on Netflix, but left the streaming service on January 1. The entire collection friends and the special will be available when Max is launched, although there is no specific date yet.

The friends HBO Max also offers something special that the service desperately needs: appointment TV that will control subscribers. Disney was able to generate weekly hype for its streaming service, Disney Plus, through weekly episodes of The Mandalorian. The show, which introduced the world to Baby Yoda, became a constant hotline online for eight weeks.

HBO Max is also one of the most expensive newcomers in the streaming wars, at $ 14.99 a month. Most competitors, including Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Hulu and Peacock, range from $ 5 to $ 12 monthly. So HBO Max must justify its premium, and it looks like buzzworthy attractions like the friends specially to do it, as well as an impressive catalog of films and TV shows that it contains The Matrix, The big bang theory, and the majority of DC movies.

Existing HBO subscribers on AT&T (around 10 million) and HBO Now direct invoicing of subscribers get HBO Max for free. Customers who subscribe to AT&T’s premium video, mobile and broadband packages will be offered free bundles at the launch at HBO Max, according to an AT&T press release.