Here are some news items from today as sent to me by various faithful researchers. None seemed worthy of a whole post so I decided to do a small collections of them for you.
True Entertainment Ordered to Pay Out Overtime
I don’t know why the sites running this one keep referring to RHOA other than the fact that True Entertainment produces the show. Today a NEW YORK court ordered that the production company pay for overtime work done by assistant producers and assistants. Under NY law (and most everywhere in the US) overtime must be paid at a rate of time and a half. The production company was paying people a set weekly check as hourly employees without [proper regard to overtime. You can’t do that. The court also said that actual producer job requirements need to be examined further to see if they qualify for time and a half. If producers are not considered management, or “professional” employees and are in fact hourly employees, their status as salaried employees could be a violation of NY law as well. This seems like kind of a boring story to me. Again, this has nothing to do with RHOA, and is probably about the filming of Summer House in Montauk. This has been going on for quite some time. In fact on year the Shahs of Sunset premiere was delayed for several months over post production editors demanding fair pay. Reality TV employees everywhere are beginning to demand the same basic perks as scripted TV production. The judgement today was for about four hundred thousand dollars in back pay for the hourly employees.
The House Hadid Built
There was an interesting story today in the Wall Street Journal claiming that Mohamed Hadid’s ginormous house is on the market again with a list price of $85 million. This is also uninteresting. What was interesting is that WSJ said that a foreign investor bought the property for $50 million in 2010 and has been leasing it ever since. I hate to disagree with the WSJ, and they may be technically correct, but my understanding is that foreign investor is Hadid’s company. Hadid’s numerous code violations have been an issue for another property that have had him in and out of court. Most recently, he was told once again to demolish large portions of a property that did not have the proper building permits. I feel like I have written on this a lot, but perhaps I just do the research and opt not to do the story. I can only find the post about Sylvester Stallone suing Hadid. Actually, two posts about that. Both of those is about work Mohamed did for Sly. Sly basically calls Mohamed a media whore. Oh and this house has been listed before for $85 million. The first time I think was around 2009. It holds the reality show record of never ending construction. In second place is Sheree Whitfield.
Hey Atlanta, Nene will be giving you an opportunity to invest a little bit of money for big payoffs tomorrow. Her Cocktails and Conversations multilevel marketing…um opportunity… is coming to town tomorrow.
Phaedra went to Kasim Reed’s Masked Holiday Ball. By the way, Dylan sure did look cute on last night’s RHOA, didn’t he?
Cynthia is really enjoying her lake house.
Kandi is bombarding her new kids brand of baby stuff across multiple Instagram accounts.
And Kenya is posting a lot of “look how good I am doing since the break up” type crap.
And that’s the latest.