AFTRA Members Support Freedom of Writers
on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ to Form a Union
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 21, 2007)—John Connolly, President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), spoke out in support today for writers on “America’s Next Top Model” who went on strike in an attempt to form a union.
President Connolly said, “Just as the performers on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ have a strong voice on the set with AFTRA and the picture editors and assistants have their voice with IATSE, so too must the writers on this program have the freedom to form their own union. Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists support the writers who help create programming that Americans want to watch. We urge the producer to recognize the Writers Guild of America as the voice of the storytellers on ‘America’s Next Top Model’.”
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists—affiliated with the AFL-CIO—is a diverse national union representing more than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, industrial non-broadcast, interactive games and the Internet. For more information, visit www.aftra.com.