Men's Wearhouse Paying Zimmer $1M for His Voice

Company can use it, his face for 4 years in ads

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 1:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – A weird quirk in the George Zimmer saga at Men's Wearhouse: Even though the founder has been fired from the company, his familiar voice might be guaranteeing that men will "like the way they look" for the next four years, reports CNNMoney. The company will hang on to the right to use Zimmer's face and voice through that time, and it still has tons of footage. What's more, the chain must pay Zimmer $250,000 per year for those rights, whether it uses him in its commercials or not. Not a bad deal for Zimmer: When he was with the company, he got only an extra $10,000 per year for appearing in the spots.

A 1999 file photo shows George Zimmer, second from left.
A 1999 file photo shows George Zimmer, second from left.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
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