Guild aims to organize Fremantle reality shows
The Writers Guild of America is re-launching its push to organize reality shows by enlisting the support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors against Fremantle Media.
The WGA’s set a noon news conference Tuesday at San Francisco City Hall with Supervisor Bevan Dufty announcing that he’s introducing a resolution calling on Fremantle “to treat its employees with respect and dignity” in face of allegations of unpaid overtime and a lack of mandated meal breaks and rest periods. WGA West president Patric Verrone’s also slated to speak along with a former “American Idol” production assistant.
Dufty’s father, William Dufty, was the co-author of Billie Holliday bio “Lady Sings the Blues,” which served as the basis for the 1972 pic starring Diana Ross.
The WGA’s also planning a Wednesday press conference at WGA headquarters followed by the staging of an alternative version of “American Idol” the next day in San Francisco outside the Cow Palace, where “American Idol” is holding auditions for next season.
The WGA noted that other Fremantle shows include “America’s Got Talent,” “Million Dollar Password” and “Farmer Wants a Wife.”
During the WGA strike, one of the the guild’s key demands was for jurisdiction over reality. The WGA’s been active over the past three years in seeking to expand its jurisdiction over reality, animation and gameshows.