Reality’s Ugly Reality

Everyone thinks Hollywood is all glamour. Stars and money, the dream life. When most people watch tv shows they forget about the writers behind the scenes, especially when it comes to reality tv. Writers on reality show essentially craft the entire show, they take hundreds of hours of footage and turn it into a coherent and entertaining show. They’re invaluable. If only the CW thought so.

Over the past few months the writing crew on America’s Next Top Model has been striking. For what you ask? Basic benefits. Medical, dental, sick leave. Considering the Top Model writers are technically employed CBS this is quite a sad thing. For full details on the strike check out TelevisionWithoutPity who gave the most detailed breakdown about the goings on behind the scenes.

However earlier this week the strike ended, rather faded out. The show’s officially on hiatus and all the writers have agreed to look for other jobs. They’ve been replaced by the Top Model editors. Looks like CW won this round.

Top Model is The CW’s highest rated show, bringing in a whopping $135,000 per 30 second commercial in ad rates and then another $40,000 per second on the weekly repeat(Advertising Age) . Not to mention the show is starting to be franchised in other countries. Essentially it’s a cash cow for the company that produces it. Good to know they’re sharing the wealth among those who craft the show. Does Hollywood seem so glamourous now?


1 Response to “Reality’s Ugly Reality”

  1. January 18, 2007 at 7:01 am

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