Top Model strike ends and story producers “are now seeking new jobs”

The Top Model 7 writers strike, which began in July, is now over.

A spokesperson for the WGAw, which was sponsoring the protests, told TV Week that “Picketing an empty building is not the best use of anybody’s time. We’re just fighting at a different level right now.” The protest’s MySpace page says protesters “are adjusting tactics. While the strike and comprehensive campaign will continue, the daily picket at the ANTM office is temporarily on hold.” And TV Week reports that “the staff technically remains on strike and that the guild will continue to seek a National Labor Relations Board election to certify the WGA to represent the staffers.”

But the story producers “are now seeking new jobs” because their jobs “have become the responsibility of the show’s editors,” according to TV Week. In other words, the show is continuing without them.

Meanwhile, someone hung posters with CW president Dawn Ostroff’s home address that said, in part, “OFFICIAL NOTICE: Your Neighbor Deserves Scorn. … She evidently has no respect for us. Why should anyone respect her?” The WGA West, Variety reports, “issued a statement disavowing any connection to the flyers and added, ‘We do not support personal attacks of this sort.'”

‘Model’ Picket Protest Kaput [TV Week]
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