Asia's Next Top Model will start paying cast and crew 'this week'

9 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: The Straits TimesPhotos: ST, TNP, MYPSINGAPORE - Everyone who worked on Asia's Next Top Model will soon be paid what they are owed, its executive producer told The Straits Times yesterday.Mr David Searl said new investors have been found to replace the two large sponsors who cut back on their spending at the last minute "due to the European financial crisis".The managing director of ice-TV offered the assurance a week after The Straits Times and other media reported that the show's production company had fallen behind on payments to the crew, its former public relations firm and at least one show judge."I've sent out an e-mail to all the freelancers today, saying payments start coming this week," he said. "We have new investors in the project, and are getting back on track."There were also rumours that American model and TV host Tyra Banks has sued ice-TV as she has not been paid for her appearance here last August.But Mr Searl said: "There's no legal action taken from Tyra Banks... I'd have known."Banks is the executive producer, host and judge of popular reality show America's Next Top Model, of which Asia's Next Top Model is a franchise.Producer Von Tan, 35, said she received Mr Searl's e-mail yesterday morning, before the official launch of the show at Resorts World Sentosa's Hotel Michael.Added Ms Tan, who is owed $10,000: "In the e-mail, he said now he can give a definite answer - that he will personally start calling everybody about payment."The show is scheduled to premiere here on Nov 25 on cable channel Star World.A spokesman for Fox International Channels, which owns Star World, said yesterday: "We are lending more resource to ensure it is completed, whether that is from a human resources or creative standpoint."At the end of the day, ice-TV continues to be the production partner; ice-TV will continue to pay the vendors in the market to complete the show."

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