Producers 'behind on payments' on Asia's Next Top Model
By Yip Wai Yee, The Straits Times/Asia News NetworkThe producers of Asia's Next Top Model, the Asian franchise of the popular American reality show headed by Tyra Banks, are behind on payments.
October 30, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
So say at least one judge of the show, a public relations agency and more than 35 production crew members. They claim that ice-TV, the company behind Asia's Next Top Model, owes them payment for their work.
Public relations firm Word Of Mouth Communications, which had handled public relations services for the show, issued a writ of summons to ice-TV early last week.
According to its managing director, Jansen Siak, outstanding payments owed are “in excess of SG$30,000 (US$25,000).”
Meanwhile, at least five production crew members, ranging from a production coordinator to a photographer to a producer, have gone to the Small Claims Tribunal with their cases.
Claims can be lodged at the tribunal for amounts not exceeding SG$10,000.
Fashion director Daniel Boey, 47, who is one of five judges on the show, declined to reveal the amount he is owed.
He said: “I have received a bit of payment, but that was only in the beginning. As for the rest, I believe my agent Fly Entertainment will handle things for me.”
When The Straits Times contacted ice-TV managing director David Searl to clarify the situation, he said via email: “Everyone associated with the show will be paid.”