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Top Model strikers quietly end picketing

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 16th 2006 9:28AM
America's Next Top ModelFor the two or three of you who are wondering how things are going with the writers' strike over at America's Next Top Model, here's the scoop: it's not going.

If you recall, the writers and editors at ANTP went on strike in July over issues like health benefits, pensions, etc. It was the first attempt by the Writers Guild of America to bring reality writers into the union, and the show's staffers thought that going on strike would get everyone's attention. It did... at first. But according to this TV Week article, the picketers have decided to stop protesting in front of the show's offices -- the show's on hiatus, but they won't come back after the show resumes production -- and start looking for other jobs. The show has shifted the strikers' responsibilities to show editors.

Technically, the strike continues, but I'd imagine it's like Kramer's strike on H&H Bagels on an episode of Seinfeld; after a while, even the protesters are going to forget they're on strike.

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Reality Show Writers on strike? What happened to "You can't script reality?" That's classic, although not surprising.

October 16 2006 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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