Skip to comments.Cowell's Shows Face Union Protests (Contestants of TV talent shows might have to be paid)
Posted on 08/20/2009 4:54:51 PM PDT by paudio
The music mogul has made millions through his string of reality shows, which also include American Idol and America's Got Talent in the U.S
But bosses at performers union Equity aren't happy about the lucrative profits - insisting the contestants who provide the entertainment deserve to be paid for their efforts
Union executives have tabled a motion about the issue and if the idea pulls in enough support it could lead to a court battle against TV executives.
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I believe you are correct. Seems like it’s around $900 per week.
And of course, once they get paid, the Union will claim they must automatically become members and pay dues. Oh, the scum of the Earth...
The big famous gorillas always rip off the little monkeys.
In the near-billion seller feel-good Chicken Soup for the Soul series, consisting of nothing but stories garnered from other people, those other people received nothing for their contributions. At least in the first several books in the series.
I have a neighbor here in Hollywood who works for a CBS “game show” (cough) and she’s been following the developments of this little situation. Performer unions like SAG will eventually strong arm contestants of game shows to eventually sign “temp memberships” by making the argument that the networks are using them for profit’.
Yes, even game shows. If anyone has ever seen the appearance contracts alone for reality shows suchs as Fear Factor etc, the paperwork is as thick as your local yellow pages so they could use that as leverage.
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I don’t think there should be a requirement that contestants be paid, but I think there should be some compensation for AGT contestants other than the winner. Those people put a lot of time into it and the popular acts gain fans and are the reason for the show’s success. And most of the top 20 or so will not have lucrative careers.
I think the ones on bottom get about $300,000 for the tour this summer.
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