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Producers 'behind on payments' on Asia's Next Top Model

The producers of Asia's Next Top Model, the Asian franchise of the popular American reality show headed by Tyra Banks, are behind on payments.

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."

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