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August 25, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
On his first day as a story assistant for the reality TV series "Renovate My Family," Zachary Isenberg said, his bosses made an unusual request: Fill out your time card for the next three weeks of work. Isenberg was puzzled. How could he estimate his hours before he worked them? "They said, 'It's crazy in production and the accountants need the paperwork right now,' " the 32-year-old writer recalled. So Isenberg, who hoped that the job would further his prospects in TV, did as he was told.
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August 25, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
On his first day as a story assistant for the reality TV series "Renovate My Family," Zachary Isenberg said, his bosses made an unusual request: Fill out your time card for the next three weeks of work. Isenberg was puzzled. How could he estimate his hours before he worked them? "They said, 'It's crazy in production and the accountants need the paperwork right now,' " the 32-year-old writer recalled. So Isenberg, who hoped that the job would further his prospects in TV, did as he was told.
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February 2, 2006 | Richard Verrier
The Writers Guild of America, West, asked the National Labor Relations Board to file a complaint against most major broadcast networks and reality TV producers, accusing them of interfering with the right of employees to organize. The guild alleges that networks including ABC and CBS and such producers as Rocket Science Laboratories and Next Entertainment Inc.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A couple removed from the unscripted Fox television series "Temptation Island" have reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against the network and the show's producers, claiming the producers knew they had a child together but told them not to divulge that fact before taping began. Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson, both aspiring actors, were among four couples featured on the program but were dropped in the middle of production after the News Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson--two actors who admit going on "Temptation Island" to seek "positive television and press exposure to advance their acting/modeling careers"--stood outside Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, explaining their lawsuit against Fox and the show's producers for damaging publicity the pair say they received from the unscripted program.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
TV producers are headed to court again over a "copycat" reality show. RDF Media Ltd., the British producer of ABC's program "Wife Swap," sued Fox on Wednesday, claiming Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "Trading Spouses" is a "blatant and wholesale copycat" of their show. Both series detail the experiences of real-life women who temporarily switch families. RDF claims that Fox decided to rip off its idea after "Wife Swap" became a hit in Britain and was sold to ABC.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The launch of Fox's controversial new "reality" series, "Temptation Island," in which unmarried couples test their relationships by mingling with singles, has been clouded by the revelation that one of the couples have a child. Executives for Fox acknowledged Wednesday that the couple had misrepresented information about their background and their child, and that the discovery of the child came during filming.
REAL ESTATE
August 17, 2003 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Roseanne Barr, who has been starring in the unscripted summer series "The Real Roseanne Show" on ABC, has listed her Palos Verdes Peninsula home of three years at $8.9 million. "The Real Roseanne Show," which began airing Aug. 6, focuses on Barr's efforts to develop and sell "Domestic Goddess," a cooking/lifestyle show centered on her search for spirituality. The ABC Family series, scheduled to debut Sept. 20, may be delayed a week or two due to surgery Barr elected to have this week.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Gary and Sharon Rosier just wanted a new garage. Instead, they say, their Chicago-area home was practically ruined for a Fox TV reality show. The couple were approached by Hollywood scouts while they were attending a Chicago boat show with their three children, including their teenage son Steven, in 2004. The scouts said they were looking for families with special needs who could benefit from "up to a $1 million" in home improvements, and the Rosier family fit the bill.
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January 26, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So what, exactly, would someone have to do in order to be kept off Fox's hit "reality" series "Temptation Island," how long would it take the network and producers to find out, and what would they tell viewers if they did? In next week's episode, two contestants from the show, Taheed Watson and Ytossie Patterson, will be removed for misleading the producers about the fact they had a child together.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY
Afew months ago, as networks trotted out talent to meet the press, I asked "Temptation Island" producer Chris Cowan if he had been incompetent or disingenuous in claiming that background checks failed to uncover that a couple cast on the series had a child together, which violated the show's guidelines. What I foolishly neglected to add, having purged myself of a question equivalent to "Have you stopped beating your wife?," was how long it would be before "Island" sank into the sunset.
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