The WGAw “has asked the federal government to intervene in its long-running dispute over” the unionization of Top Model story producers, Variety reports. In short, the union is upset that the show continued production and replaced the striking story producers.
As a result, the WGAw “has filed unfair labor practice charges against Anisa Prods. with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the producers unlawfully eliminated the jobs of 12 ‘America’s Next Top Model’ writers in retaliation for their decision to go on strike in July,” according to Variety.
An attorney for the WGA says producers committed “an egregious labor-law violation,” while the WGA’s president, Patric M. Verrone, said that “as soon as [story producers] demanded union representation, the company decided they were expendable. This is illegal strike-breaking, an insult to the Hollywood talent community and an embarrassment to this industry.”
But executive producer Ken Mok said they just did what was necessary. “When our story producers walked off the job, we exercised our right to sustain production during the strike. In the process, we were able to create a new system utilizing IATSE editors that has not only maintained the quality of our episodes, but at the same time has improved the efficiency of our post-production operation. As a result, we decided to move ahead in production with this new system in place, which puts our material directly in the hands of our editors without the intermediate step of story producers,” he said in a statement.