The Money Behind 2015 Emmy Award Nominees: Game of Thrones Revenue, Jon Hamm Net Worth and More


The Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday, highlighting the best actors and shows on television. The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held September 20. Fox will air the event with “Brooklyn 99″ actor Andy Samberg as host.

The list of 2015 Emmy nominees include some of Hollywood’s best, brightest — and richest. Netflix picked up a surprising 34 Emmy nominations. Amazon received 12. Here’s a look at the net worths and earnings of some of the most famous Emmy Award nominations

“Game of Thrones” Vs. “Mad Men” Revenue
The Emmy Award category for Outstanding Drama Series will be a close race. It pits the fan-favorite HBO series “Game of Thrones” against the critically-acclaimed “Mad Men,” which just wrapped its final season. While “Game of Thrones” has the popular vote, “Mad Men” actors have never won an Emmy despite delivering solid performances through the show’s seven seasons.

Between the two shows, it’s tricky to compare earnings. AMC earned ad revenue and HBO’s source of income comes from user subscriptions and deals with cable providers. AMC brought in $469 million in ad revenue in 2014, which included the first half of the show’s final season, according to the Los Angeles Times.

For HBO, “Game of Thrones” has been one of its most successful shows in generating buzz that draws in new subscribers. In 2014, HBO reported it added nearly two million U.S. subscribers in 2013. It has an overall subscription revenue of about $4.9 billion, according to Bloomberg Business.

Taraji P. Henson Net Worth Vs. Elisabeth Moss Net Worth
Taraji P. Henson stars in the 2014 breakout hit, “Empire” on Fox. Henson’s Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series was the only mention of the show, however, which many fans are calling an Emmy snub. The actress has impressed audiences with her portrayal as Cookie Lyon, a role that has helped boost Taraji P. Henson’s net worth of $6 million.

Elisabeth Moss got an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Peggy in “Mad Men.” Moss has a net worth of $8 million, reports CelebrityNetWorth, helped out by her $175,000 per-episode salary for “Mad Men.”

Jon Hamm Net Worth Vs. Kevin Spacey Net Worth
Jon Hamm has received seven Emmy nominations over the years but has never won. With the “Mad Men” series now over, many fans believe Hamm will pick up this year’s Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. Jon Hamm’s net worth is estimated at $30 million, and his “Mad Men” salary is reported to be $275,000 per episode.

Another favorite for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category is Kevin Spacey, for his role as Frank Underwood in “House of Cards.” Even if he loses the Emmy to Hamm, Spacey’s net worth is the winner of the two. Spacey’s net worth is $80 million. The actor’s salary for “House of Cards” is also well above Hamm’s, reported by Business Insider to be $500,000 per episode.

Amy Poehler Net Worth Vs. Amy Schumer Net Worth
Emmy favorites for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category are Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer. Amy Schumer has been a breakout success, thanks to the increasing popularity of her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” which earned her Emmy nomination.

Schumer has also landed high-profile gigs. She hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. She also wrote and stars in the film “Trainwreck,” which debuts tonight. Amy Schumer’s net worth is estimated at $1 million.

Amy Poehler’s net worth is more impressive at $18 million, reports CelebrityNetWorth. Poehler nabbed her Emmy nomination with her role as Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation.” She makes $200,000 per episode. “Parks and Recreation” wrapped its final season in February.

Jim Parsons Vs. Jeffrey Tambor Net Worth
Jim Parsons is a regular nominee at the Emmys for his portrayal of the comically-brilliant scientist Sheldon Cooper on CBS’s hit show, “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s no shocker Parsons was nominated once more this year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Parsons has already nabbed four Emmy Awards for his role as Cooper. The actor is worth $40 million and is paid $1 million per episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”

Another favorite for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series is Jeffrey Tambor, for his portrayal on “Transparent” as a middle-aged patriarch who decides to transition to female. Tambor’s performance in the series has earned him critical acclaim, as well as this Emmy nomination. Thanks to this recognition and other successful projects, like a recurring role as George Bluth on “Arrested Development,” Jeffrey Tambor’s net worth stands at $15 million.

List of Emmy Nominees 2015
“Better Call Saul” “Louie”
“Downtown Abbey” “Modern Family”
“Game of Thrones” “Parks and Recreation”
“Homeland” “Silicon Valley”
“House of Cards” “Transparent”
“Mad Men” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Orange Is the New Black” “Veep”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline” Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth” Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Louis C.K., “Louie” Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
William H. Macy, “Shameless” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

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