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Miranda Cosgrove signs on for more 'iCarly'

THR EXCLUSIVE

She is only 16 and headlines a kids cable series, but Miranda Cosgrove now boasts a paycheck that could rival that of many established broadcast sitcom actors.

Cosgrove, star of Nickelodeon's flagship comedy "iCarly," has inked a new pact with the network that's said to be in the low- to mid-seven-figure range. Under it, she will continue on the show for the 26 additional episodes the cable network picked up late last year.

Production on those episodes, which will bring the total order for "iCarly" to 96, is slated to begin in the spring.

The pact underscores the star power of such youthful actors as Cosgrove, "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus and the "High School Musical" gang, whose influence reaches beyond the small screen into music, pop culture and, significantly, merchandising.

Despite her age, Cosgrove is a Nick veteran, having started on the channel at age 9 on "Drake & Josh," another series from "iCarly" creator Dan Schneider.

"ICarly" is Nick's top-rated live-action series in all key kids demos, and the "iSaved Your Life" special, which drew 12.4 million viewers, ranks as the network's highest-rated and most-watched live-action telecast ever.

Cosgrove is repped by WME and law firm Gang Tyre.