How much do Turkish stars earn?
Counting money in someone else’s pocket is a very exciting pastime. Especially when it is about your favorite actors. So, how much do some of the brightest stars of Turkish show business earn?
Of course, all the information of Turkish journalists about the alleged fees of the actors was not obtained through official channels and is often questionable. However, as experience shows, Turkish paparazzi are able to show miracles of dexterity, so perhaps there is some truth in their words.
The young stars of the Hercai series Ebru Şahin and Akın Akınözü thanks to the success of their project, immediately got to the big leagues with a very decent salary of 30 and 45 thousand Turkish lira per episode. Alas, Ebru is paid 15 thousand lira less than Akın, once again confirming that the inequality between man and woman is still relevant in the industry.
Taner Ölmez who will play the leading role in the series “Miracle Doctor” will receive 35 thousand Turkish lira per one episode. This is quite a decent salary for Turkish stars, although, of course, is not yet a major league. For Taner, this will be the first big television project where he will play the leading role, and we can only wish good luck to the talented actor.
Neslihan Atagül who will be the partner of Engin Akyürek in the series “Ambassador’s Daughter”, can count on a substantial wage of 65 thousand lira per episode. It is curious that the actors signed a contract for 13 episodes, and even if the project is canceled earlier, they will still receive the remuneration due to them.
Tolgahan Sayışman despite a series of failures in recent years, remains one of the leading stars of Turkish show business, as evidenced by a salary of 70 thousand Turkish lira per episode of the series “Champion”. Given that the show is being broadcast on a state television channel, the actor can be sure that he is provided with work for the entire fall-winter season and this is at least. In case of even a small success of the project, it will go on for several years.
Burçin Terzioğlu after successfully working on the Netflix Internet platform returns to the series with a very substantial salary of 70 thousand lira per episode. For a woman in Turkish show business this is a very good income, but given that she is not only a talented actress but also a representative of one of the most influential television clans in Turkey, such a high salary is understandable.
Murat Yıldırım who has not appeared on TV shows for a long time is returning to the new project Ramo. The series is being prepared by the production company BKM and the TV channel Show TV. As befits a superstar Murat will receive a very substantial fee of 90 thousand Turkish lira.
Engin Akyürek will take the same amount for work on the TV series “The Ambassador’s Daughter”. Despite the fact that Engin’s latest shows did not enjoy the love of Turkish viewers, he remains one of the most sought-after actors outside of Turkey so a solid fee is justified because the series can be sold profitably. True, journalists initially attributed to Engin a phenomenal salary of 200 thousand Turkish lira but as it turned out it was just an advertising move to draw attention to the future show.
Engin Altan Düzyatan after the enormous success of the series Resurrection Ertugrul is one of the most sought-after actors in Turkey. Not surprisingly, his salary is one of the highest in the industry. Initially, the tabloids wrote that the actor demanded 200 thousand Turkish lira for participating in the series “Bullet”, that will be broadcast on Fox. Then, prices fell to 160 thousand lira and according to the latest more realistic data, his salary will be 110 thousand Turkish lira per episode.
But his successor as the founder of the Ottoman Empire Burak Özçivit will receive 300 thousand Turkish lira per one episode that is a phenomenal sum for Turkish show business. However, given how Burak is loved not only in Turkey, but also abroad, the risk of the producers is justified. Producer Mehmet Bozdağ signed the actor for five years, which means he will take the most productive years when Burak could star in three or four shows. In addition, on the set of Osman, the actor will have to give all his best, applying considerable physical effort. So the high fee, in this case, looks quite justified and reasonable.
Presently Çağatay Ulusoy, who earns 500 thousand Turkish lira or 88 thousand US dollars per one episode of the Netflix series Hakan Muhafiz / The Protector, is the highest-paid Turkish actor. Thus, for four seasons of the Protector, the actor received a phenomenal sum of $3 million. However, let’s not forget that American salaries can not be compared with the remuneration of Turkish actors. And if for Turks it looks like a huge salary it is rather modest for Netflix standards. For example, the child-actors of the Netflix series “Very strange things” earn 250 thousand US dollars per one episode of the project.
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