America’s Next Top Model Fires 12 “writers”

Why does a reality based television show with no actors and no scripts need twelve writers? The answer apparently is that they don’t. The producers of ANTM announced that the next cycle of ANTM will no longer employ writers. Apparently, the “writers” (aka story producers) job was to go through the footage and craft dramatic story lines by deciding which characters to follow. So they didn’t actually write anything. They just looked at the footage and said “Hey, that looks interesting. Put that in.” That kind of sounds like an editor to me. So Ken Mok decided that editors were fully capable of deciding what’s interesting so no more “writers” for cycle 8. Of course, the writers are not happy. They’ve filed a complaint against the show claiming they were fired in retaliation for them going on strike last year. Check out the full article here.