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A Real Fashion Crime: Writers of Hit Show Fashion Police Paid Slave Labor Wages
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Liz Serling's blog \x34The Shop Girl,\x34 is dedicated to helping you decipher fashion trends, and locate merchandise available both locally and online while making sure not to treat fashion as an intimidating and elusive subject but rather something fun that can be enjoyed by all.
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By Liz Serling
Sept. 16, 2013 12:01 a.m.

In an article written for New York magazine, it was reported that writers' for Joan River’s viscous, malicious, but scathingly hilarious show Fashion Police are grossly underpaid.



Are you kidding me? I actually thought Joan was responsible for her own content.



Granted working on a hit cable show may seem glamorous enough, so why are the bulk of her staff writers complaining that they only receive $610 a week in compensation?   If the content creators were fairly compensated according to industry standards they would be receiving $3,000 to $3,900 per episode.

Yet  only one of the writers that works on her staff is receiving $1750 a week in compensation. This individual has been working as a television writer for several more DECADES than the junior staffers'.

Whatever the amount of money the writers receive they are still required to create up to 200 jokes and present them to Madam Joan. She then decides which ones are worthy enough for her to repeat on air.

As a writer myself, and granted I only write for a fashion blog, comedy writing is probably the hardest type of dialogue to create.



According to the article, it is the new competition and the constant changes that both the Internet and the subsequent  digital revolution has created in the viewing space (Hulu, Apple TV, Netflix and Amazon) that is the root of the problem.



When taken together these factors have created an incessant pressure to reduce costs associated with creating hit television shows. It is as they say the suits that are  unwilling to meet the  demands of the Writer’s Guild of America, which represents writers on all the standard networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox). Other cable networks make decisions to pay writers the industry standard on a case- by -- case, show -by -show basis. 



For someone who makes her living commenting on other’s appearance this revelation certainly does not have Joan Rivers standing under the most flattering light.



To see the original article please link on http://www.vulture.com/ : Inside the Fashion Police Writers’ Strike

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