Jon Hamm, the American actor best known for playing the suave advertising executive Don Draper in Amc's 'Mad Men', has signed a new deal tying him to the show for a further three years. Jon Hamm has penned the contract with studio Lionsgate Television Group and will earn $250k per episode, according to Variety.com, who quote industry sources.
The contract ends recent speculation the actor was looking to leave the 1960's drama in search of other projects. Since playing the 'Sterling Cooper' creative director, Hamm has established himself as a household name in Hollywood, appearing in a number of feature films such as Ben Affleck's 'The Town'. The contract will see Hamm receive a substantial raise for the upcoming fifth season of the show, with the actor set to earn a reported $250k per one hour episode - the fourth series of the drama featured 14 episodes. The new deal keeps the 40-year-old on board through to the seventh season and series creator Matthew Weiner recently penned a contract to stay with the drama till season six. Weiner's drawn-out negotiations have delayed the show's return from this year to early in 2012.
News of Jon Hamm's contract extension comes after he picked up the award for 'Best Actor in a Drama' at Monday's (20th June 2011) Critics Choice Television Awards.