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The America’s Next Top Model writers’ strike has ended with a whimper– for the time being, anyway– because production on the latest season is ending, and the protesters decided they’d only look stupid picketing an empty building.
The group insists on its MySpace blogthat the fight goes on: ” We are adjusting tactics. While the strike and comprehensive campaign will continue, the daily picket at the ANTM office is temporarily on hold.”The dozen writers have maintained a picket line outside the Top Model production offices since July 21st, after the CW refused to give them a Writers Guild contract. They’ve also picketed Top Modelcasting calls across the country, contacted advertisers and CW affiliate stations, andpassed out leaflets to The Tyra Banks Show audiences, telling Tyra fans that the Top Model host is not so pretty behind the scenes. Recently, someone has taken a cue from animal activists and put up posters with CW president Dawn Ostroff’s home address.
The Writers Guild of America has sponsored the walkout– but not the posters. The writers say they’re hoping for a National Labor Relations Board election to get the WGA to represent them officially. Meanwhile, story producers are out looking for work, because their responsibilities have been given to the show’s editors.