former Real World cast members want “more money and better contracts.”

former Real World cast members want “more money and better contracts.”
Roughly half of the 70 former cast members of The Real World have hired a lawyer in order to help them renegotiate their lifetime contracts. Among the issues are “whether performers on reality-based shows are entitled to the same rights given to unionized actors” and “whether the life rights contracts that the cast members had to sign are fundamentally unfair,” according to Zap2it.com. Miami cast member Joe Patane says what cast members are expected to give up because of the experience is “inhuman.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.