Reality TV producer FremantleMedia North America fired back at the Writers Guild of America, West, dismissing its "American Idol" Truth Tour as nothing more than a caravan of misinformation.
"The WGA allegations that are leveled against Fremantle are not true and just another example of their campaign of defamation and negative propaganda," said David Shall, executive vice president of business operations for Fremantle, which produces several reality TV programs, including the Fox hit "American Idol."
Shall was responding to a campaign the guild launched this week intended to highlight the adverse working conditions of writers on "American Idol" and other Fremantle shows. Among other things, guild officials allege that Fremantle has denied overtime pay and meal breaks to writers and other workers.
But Fremantle executives call such claims baseless. The guild's dispute with Fremantle began last year, when it urged four writers on the game show "Temptation" to walk off the job. The union has since helped several Fremantle employees file wage and hour claims, which have been settled or are pending.