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

Published on Oct 29, 2012 6:00 AM
Tyra Banks, who hosts America's Next Top Model, was here in August to promote the first season of the Asian franchise. Asia's Next Top Model is slated to air in Singapore on Nov 25. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

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, Mr Jansen Siak, outstanding payments owed are "in excess of $30,000".

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 $10,000.

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