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'Next Top Model' Writers Threaten Strike

Writers say producers have ignored their request to join a union

By By Richard Verrier

July 21 2006

"America's Next Top Model" is getting ugly.

Writers of the hit reality show walked off the job for an hour Thursday (July 20) and threatened to strike today, alleging that the show's producers had snubbed their request to join the Writers Guild of America, West.

The dispute comes at a delicate time for the new CW network, which is relying on the hit reality show created by supermodel Tyra Banks to dress up its inaugural lineup.

The series debuts Sept. 20 on The CW, forged by CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Television from the remnants of the WB and UPN networks. Only the first few episodes have been completed for the series' seventh cycle.

In a low-key protest outside their West Los Angeles offices, the writers wore red "United We Stand" T-shirts with the writers guild's logo and handed out fliers titled "Free to Be Union? Not at The CW's America's Next Top Model," a play on the network's motto, "Free to Be."

The writers contend that they are key to the show's success and should get benefits and protections similar to those enjoyed by their peers in movies and scripted television.

"They want a guild contract, but their employer won't give it to them," said writers guild President Patric M. Verrone, "This is how they are showing their solidarity."

A spokesman for The CW declined to comment. Ken Mok, president of Anisa Productions Inc., the show's producer, said in a statement that the writers guild was seeking to circumvent federal rules that allow secret ballot elections overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.

"There is absolutely no ill will or rancor from anyone in 'America's Next Top Model' toward the employees in their activities with their WGA," Mok said. "All of us respect their legal rights to pursue a path that they feel best serves them."

Even though reality shows purport to capture events as they happen, many employ writers to feed lines to participants, plot out story lines and edit interviews. With the "America's Next Top Model" walkout, the writers guild signaled that it was stepping up its campaign to organize workers in the burgeoning genre.

"This will be the first of many actions like it," Verrone said.

Last year, the writers guild backed two lawsuits that accused producers of exploiting workers in reality TV.

Reality producers dispute allegations that writers are mistreated. They say writing for a reality show isn't the same as working on a scripted program.

The "America's Next Top Model" dispute began this month when 12 writers on the show signed cards seeking to be represented by the writers guild. The writers affirmed their support in a letter to Mok.

But attorneys for the production company disputed the guild's claim and suggested that the guild hold a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.

"If the NLRB decides that the WGA has the exclusive representation of the employees, we would be happy to sit down and negotiate with them," Mok said.

Guild officials allege, however, that the production company's goal is to buy time and intimidate employees

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CW says Top Model 7 is "on track" for its debut even as writers continue to strike

The Top Model 7 writers

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Snap Judgment: 'Celebrity Duets' and 'America's Next Top Model'

It's never too early to start handicapping this fall's most squirm-worthy, Darwinian reality competitions. Let's start with Celebrity Duets, which debuts Aug. 29 on Fox. The network announced today that the golden-throated competitors are WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, Lucy Lawless, Cheech Marin, Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum Alfonso Ribeiro, Queer Eye's Jai Rodriguez, Queer as Folk's Hal Sparks, and Lea Thompson. (They'll be paired each week with pros who should know better, including Clint Black, Michael Bolton, Belinda Carlisle, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Brian McKnight, Aaron Neville, Smokey Robinson, Randy Travis, and Dionne Warwick.) Now, Lawless, Rodriguez, and Thompson have all sung on Broadway, and Marin proved he can sing (sort of) on old Cheech & Chong bits like ''Earache My Eye.'' My money's on Xena, if only because of Lawless' excellent impersonation of Stevie Nicks in this classic SNL sketch.


As for America's Next Top Model, whose seventh season begins Sept. 20 on the CW, that's a much tougher call. (Especially since my track record here is about as poor as my predictions for who'll survive on Lost.) Still, looking at this photo, released today, of the 13 finalists, I'm struck by the exotic visage of Anchal (bottom row, right). No doubt Tyra will decide her eyes are too far apart and send her packing about halfway through. So I'll go out on a limb and guess Eugena (third row from top, third from left). She looks fierce enough to cut down anyone who gets in her way, using just her sharp cheekbones. Besides, her day job is as a customer service rep, so you know she's just about to snap.

Gary Susman | 08.15.06, 04:40 PM

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Wow! Based on the photo above, it looks like there are a lot of beautiful women in the competition this season.

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America's Next Top Model 7 Cast Revealed

The competition gets fierce and feisty for the seventh cycle of the hit dramality

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Strike a Pose: CW Says Top Model Won't Stumble

Will a walkout deliver a knockout to America's Next Top Model? In a letter sent out Thursday, CW CEO, John Maatta, assured affiliates that ongoing labor strife

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Second row from the bottom, on the left. . .

That girl is too "pretty". She's the one who is gonna be looking too "porno" in her shots. Top models are not, generally, that pretty. They're a little "off-pretty". I like bottom right and second row from top second from left. I'm a sucker for short hair. . . which brings me to my next point. We don't know what these women will look like after their makeover!

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Where have I been? oh lost in BB duh......

Just found out ANTM is on Wednesdays and Sundays. Is that right? (or am i seeing things again.)

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Yeah the CW plays new episodes of shows during the week, and replays them on the weekend for those who missed it. It's a great idea, only most people are switching to TiVo/DVR. I could've use this repeat schedule 3 years ago :angry:

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I think this is the first season with an Indian girl. Am I wrong??

Wasn't there an east Indian girl a few seasons back who was eliminated because she admitted she did not want to be a model but ultimately wanted to get into the business side of the fashion world?

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Throwing this in here for an FYI....

(IMO its about time!!)



Madrid enforces skinny models ban

Mon Sep 18, 12:19 PM ET


A model displays an outfit created by Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada during the Spring/Summer 2006-07 Pasarela Cibeles fashion show in Madrid September 18, 2006. REUTERS/Susana VeraBy Ben Harding

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's top fashion show kicked off on Monday after causing a storm with its ban on skinny models and one well-known designer said he had to replace all the girls in his catwalk line-up.

Antonio Pernas, whose sixties-inspired collection marked the start of Madrid Fashion Week, said the rules banning overly-thin models had thrown his and others' plans into chaos.

"I had to change the whole lot in one day. Eighteen models. It gave us problems, but look, this industry sets an example to young women. We want to project a healthy image, so I'm not against the measures," Pernas told Reuters.

Organizers, under pressure from Madrid's regional government which sponsors the show, imposed restrictions on any model with too low a body mass index (BMI) -- a measure based on weight and height.

Regional President Esperanza Aguirre, who has argued young women copy the super-skinny look and might develop eating disorders, sat smiling at the end of the runway as tall, willowy girls in Austin Powers-style sunglasses strutted past.

The show's director Leonor Perez-Pita said some models last year "really were too thin" and welcomed the restriction that they must have a BMI of higher than 18.

"I think it's fantastic. They look beautiful. I don't want skeletons on the catwalk. Clothes look much better on a lovely girl than on a clothes hanger," she told Reuters.

The Madrid ban set off a storm in the fashion world, which has seen a trend for super-slim "size zero" models.

Britain's culture minister and Milan's mayor have already called for similar rules in London and Milan. The British Fashion Council had to scrap a photocall in London after a barrage of criticism for not following Madrid's lead.

Blanca Zurita, assistant to Spanish designer Fernando Lemoniez, said the weight debate threatened to overshadow months of design work.

She said the show's casting agency had been forced to make huge changes after a large number of models failed to make the weight.

But Ester Garcia, who runs the agency, said only one girl had not made the grade while another five chose not to attend.

Backstage, models seemed unfazed by the controversy.

"As long as it doesn't affect me I'm not too worried," said Caroline Duong who was rushing to get ready for Lemoniez's show.

"I do sport and I eat what I want though I do have to watch the chocolate a bit," the 1.82 meter (6-foot) tall model said.

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