Writers for MTV’s Ridiculousness, which has over 1,200 episodes, are claiming to be underpaid and overworked.
There’s a operating joke that the Grown Ups films have stored the lights on at TBS because it first premiered. The identical might simply be stated for Ridiculousness and MTV, with reviews that the community (nonetheless formally Music Tv however that’s extra of a technicality) makes use of the clip present to replenish greater than 100 hours of programming every week. Taking a fast look on the schedule, it is going to run from 5 p.m. EST on Sunday to six:00 a.m. EST on Monday. So, sure, the writers – and, sure, there are writers – are overworked and underpaid, one thing they’re now not prepared to maintain quiet about.
One of many present’s contributors, Ally Maynard – who has almost 300 episode credit to her identify – just lately stated, “‘Unscripted’ tv could be very a lot scripted and our writing workers is fed up with being abused and underpaid by Paramount, MTV and Rob Dyrdek. We produce essentially the most worthwhile present at the moment on TV and but we’re paid 60% lower than WGA writers that work for America’s Funniest Dwelling Movies.” To place one other numerical worth on simply how a lot these writers are doing, Ridiculousness has over 1,200 episodes.
As such, the writers on Ridiculousness have deliberate to unionize, with Deadline reporting that almost all have filed ballots with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board to take action. Their chief considerations on this case concern their low wages, residuals and the dearth of unique programming for them to maneuver to outdoors of exhibits involving folks getting hit within the nads by wayward skateboards.
This may align the Ridiculousness writers in the identical camp because the Writers Guild of America, who’ve expressed some related disgust with how studios and networks are treating them. That strike is now 4 months robust.
For 2 consecutive years, Rob Dyrdek was nominated for Finest Host on the MTV Film & TV Awards for his work on Ridiculousness. He misplaced to Kelly Clarkson and RuPaul.
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