The low cost model for Reality show means that no one on the show is union. So it is not a case of writers not being paid while the Reality show performers are receiving SAG (Screen Actor Guild) scale salaries. The Networks have found a way to keep the costs and salaries down on shows that are categorized as reality. This means they can be more profitable. Even though the writers do as much work as any in 'scripted' shows we are forced to work without a WGA contract.
Reality's quickly created celebrities come and go. Most of the time they end up back at their everyday jobs with no extra money in their pocket but a bit of TV face time fame. Some of these Stars De Jour parlay the experience into real riches or more permanent gigs while the show's writers who created them just continue on pay check to paycheck. With no WGA contract there is no pension contribution, Health Insurance or other benefits. There are no Royalties or residuals paid to writers and there is no recognition.
Recognition is important and in TV and film getting a 'credit' is important. It sounds unimportant but in the Industry the credit does put you in a position to apply to be a member of a Guild and has a major impact on how you are viewed and what you get paid.
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