Nina Metz: Most reality TV cast and crew aren’t unionized. Will that change?

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Chicago Tribune

The unions representing Hollywood actors and writers have been on strike for months over better pay and working conditions. This week, Marvel VFX workers voted to unionize for similar reasons. Is it time for reality TV cast and crew to follow suit? The ongoing work stoppage has prompted network television to rely on reality programming more than usual, with “Big Brother” as one example. Though it typically airs over the summer, this season CBS is extending it into November, making it the longest season in the show’s history. With high viewer ratings but smaller budgets than their scripted coun…

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