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Workers’ rights for French ‘Temptation Island’ contestant

A French court has ruled that three contestants from the French version of Temptation Island have the right to be treated as salaried workers. The judge awarded them €11,000 each and ruled that the former contestants were entitled to full employment contracts, which includes overtime, holidays and damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show, which could change the game for ousted reality TV contestants.
June 4, 2009

A French court has ruled that three contestants from the French version of Temptation Island have the right to be treated as salaried workers. The judge awarded them €11,000 (US$15,000) each and ruled that the former contestants were entitled to full employment contracts, including overtime, holidays and damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show, which could open the door for lawsuits from other ousted reality TV contestants.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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