i know this isnt the lisa thread, but i have to say this. lisa was my favorite during cycle 5. but this behavior is turning me off. i think if she really wanted to "get back at tyra" is to push herself into being more sucessfull then the winner (which will be hard, nicole is on a role), but she needs to take controll of her own destiny instead of stiffling the ones of the other antm hopefulls.
Anyway, good on the writers. I've heard terrible stories of the mistreatment of non-union workers in reality television. I'll be following this story closely.
Sending good vibes and warm fuzzies your way..., SnowflakeGirl
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Yay Lisa! Everytime I think I couldn't love her anymore she proves me wrong.
"What it do, Shawty?"-Natasha Galkina
AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL
FAN APPRECIATION DAY
August 11, 2006
(1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd.Intersection of Santa Monica and Sepulveda Blvds. in West LA)
Meet your favorite former Top Model contestants, including Ebony Dont get it twisted! Taylor, Lisa DAmato and Giselle Samson.
Get make-up tips and advice from the pros on how to maximize your model potential.
As many of you know, the writers of Americas Next Top Model went on strike on July 21, 2006 after our request for union recognition with the Writers Guild of America was refused. We have received a tremendous amount of support from both fiction and reality writers, including the writers of The Simpsons, Family Guy and King of the Hill. Most importantly, we have received tons of encouragement and Myspace friend requests from YOUthe loyal fans of Americas Next Top Model. Now, wed like to show our appreciation.
Come on out and meet former Top Model contestants and the shows writers, who will give you free tips on how to work your individual style. Also, meet our special celebrity guest a hissing cockroach from the cycle 6 Jared Gold runway show.
See you on the catwalk!
*As the writers of UPNs highest rated show, and the headlining show for the new CW network to launch September 20, 2006, the writers of Americas Next Top Model simply want to receive healthcare benefits, fair salaries, pensions, residuals and writers credits, the same benefits enjoyed by all of the other writers on our network.
July 31, 2006
Writers Deserve Real Pay for Reality
Riddle: When are television writers not television writers? Answer: When they work on "America's Next Top Model." The producers of this reality show should erase this contradiction and recognize the men and women who write for the program as true writers. That means the writers should get the rights, privileges and pay accorded to scribes on other shows. Immediately.
The decision by the 12 writers on "America's Next Top Model" to go out on strike this month embodied something bigger than their own plight.
In the smallest sense, they are protesting the producers' refusal to grant them union representation.
In a larger sense, they represent all the writers who have been concocting confrontations and resolutions on almost every reality show since the genre took off in 2000 with the smash hit "Survivor."
This low-cost breed of show has since multiplied to fill difficult-to-program niches in network schedules. Audiences embraced many of the series based on the mistaken assumption that all the drama they were witnessing ("Gee, that 19-year-old wannabe Ford model waif from Arkansas sure can dish out lacerating, spur-of-the-moment comebacks!") was real.
Producers and networks profited. And in some cases profited some more. And in some cases, became epitomes of TV success.
Much of the networks' and producers' success-and lucre-was built on the backs of people who were writing scenes, and even feeding contestants lines. It's difficult to say with a straight face that what these creative talents did doesn't rise to the level of writing.
But there is one motivation that will lead a television executive to ignore such a blatant fact: greed. And that's what this is really about. Recognizing reality show writers as true writers would cost money.
In the case of "America's Next Top Model," executive producer Ken Mok is saying the question of unionizing the show's writers should be handled by The National Labor Relations Board. But that's just a misdirection play that will delay the writers' effort to get what they deserve.
He should give up that canard, let the writers unionize, and start sharing a bigger portion of the wealth the show is creating. Other reality show producers should follow his lead. Maybe they'll discover that doing the right thing leads to rewards greater than being able to boast about razor-thin production budgets.
is this a bad thing or a good thing?