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Cowell's Shows Face Union Protests (Contestants of TV talent shows might have to be paid)
hollywood.com ^ | Aug 20, 2009

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywood.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: realityshow; tv
IIRC, once they get into Top 12, contestants in American Idol get weekly living allowance plus additional cloth allowance.
1 posted on 08/20/2009 4:54:51 PM PDT by paudio
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To: paudio

I believe you are correct. Seems like it’s around $900 per week.


2 posted on 08/20/2009 4:56:28 PM PDT by hsrazorback1 (Seek truth.)
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To: paudio

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...


3 posted on 08/20/2009 4:58:31 PM PDT by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: paudio

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.


4 posted on 08/20/2009 5:01:01 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Clock King

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.


5 posted on 08/20/2009 5:12:06 PM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: paudio

“Welcome to Unionwood baby!”


6 posted on 08/20/2009 5:13:51 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: paudio

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.


7 posted on 08/20/2009 8:57:24 PM PDT by Will88
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To: hsrazorback1

I think the ones on bottom get about $300,000 for the tour this summer.


8 posted on 08/20/2009 9:00:28 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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