- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Hamm, who plays 1960s advertising executive Don Draper on AMC’s Emmy Award-winning “Mad Men,” has signed a new contract with series studio Lionsgate Television Group.

Hamm’s publicist, Slate PR, said Tuesday that the deal keeps him with the show for three more years.

The actor will receive a substantial raise for the upcoming fifth season of the show about a Madison Avenue advertising agency. By the contract’s final year, he’ll earn more than $250,000 an episode, Variety.com reported, citing unidentified sources.

Hamm had been signed through season six of “Mad Men.” The new deal keeps him on board through the seventh season.

Series creator Matthew Weiner signed a contract in March for a sixth season and a possible seventh. Weiner’s protracted negotiations delayed the show’s return from this year to early 2012.

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