Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), which conducted the survey, says:
These findings demystify the perception that everyone involved in reality TV is reaping the benefits of the genre’s popularity. While reality TV is no doubt lucrative for networks and production companies, the men and women doing the actual work are finding they can barely cling to the middle class.
Remember, so-called reality TV shows don’t just happen by setting up a camera in a pawnshop or storage locker and recording whatever happens in “real life.” Non-fiction television is formatted, written and plotted—twists and all—similar to police procedurals or sitcoms. (more…)