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Archive for October 20th, 2007

…I’ve decided to post this comment that was left in my ABOUT section so that all could be informed.  I am aware that the Writers’ Guild is about to strike the TV industry on 10/31 unless a contract agreement can be reached.  Since I am a writer of sorts and a creative artist by trade, I can certainly understand their position on fair and just compensation.  If someone from IDOL would like me to publish their side of the story, I’d be happy to do that as well.  Somewhere between the two should be the truth of the matter.    J

THE DARK, UGLY SECRET BEHIND THE COMPANY THAT BRINGS YOU “AMERICAN IDOL”

A recent New York Times article headline read: “FOR FOX’S RIVALS, ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ REMAINS A SCHOOLYARD BULLY”.

Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal said in the story, “I think ‘Idol’ is the most impactful show in the history of television” and Kelly Kahl, the chief scheduler for CBS said, “This is a big monolith sitting out there. It’s the ultimate schoolyard bully.”

Bully indeed.

FremantleMedia, the company that produces “American Idol” for FOX, is a worldwide leader in television production, enjoying tremendous international success. They produce relatively inexpensive, popular US programming — including the lucrative “Idol” and “The Price is Right” — while refusing to offer decent wages and benefits to the writers working on their shows. (Yes! Even “American Idol” has writers!)

The latest example of Fremantle’s blatant, disrespectful treatment of professional writers occurred on their new game show “Temptation”. Writers were required to work excessive (12-14) hours daily in order to produce 170 shows in 16 weeks. They did not receive health insurance, pension contributions, standard wages, overtime, residuals or proper screen credits.

Despite numerous requests over the years from the Writers Guild of America (WGA), FremantleMedia still refuses to comply with industry standards. They continue to exploit the writers who contribute to the success of the shows that rake in millions and millions of dollars for them.

Because of their blatant arrogance and disrespect, a petition is being circulated among all WGA members and their supporters, urging them to refuse work with FremantleMedia and its subsidiaries.

The campaign, including public demonstrations, will continue until FremantleMedia treats writers fairly by applying and enforcing industry standards on all of its productions.

How can you help?

To pledge your support, simply click on the link and electronically sign the petition, which will be hand-delivered to FremantleMedia. Deadline for all signatures is Monday, October 22.

You don’t need to be a writer to sign the petition — just a conscientious person who believes that media corporations should not be allowed to take advantage of the creative services provided by hard-working writers. Thanks for your support!!

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