Singapore – Reality series Asia’s Next Top Model, originally slated to premiere on STAR World throughout Asia on November 9, will now air on November 25. According to Singapore’s The Straits Times, the delay is because ice-TV, the production company behind the series, has run into financial problems and is behind on payments to some 35 production crew members and former public relations firm Word Of Mouth Communications.
It was reported that Word Of Mouth issued a writ of summons to ice-TV early last week for outstanding payments amounting to more than S$30,000. At least five crew members have also filed claims with the Small Claims Tribunals in the Subordinate Courts.
TV ASIA Plus had asked FOX International Channels (FIC) to comment directly on the issue. Below is a statement from the FIC Singapore office:
“FIC, as a broadcaster of Asia’s Next Top Model, is looking forward to the delivery of the programme from the production house. The programme is scheduled to be broadcast on November 25, 2012 on STAR World.
FIC is committed to bringing engaging entertainment content to audiences across Asia and is committed to protecting the interests of its viewers, affiliate advertisers and partners in all markets in which it operates. Asia’s Next Top Model is a key initiative that is a part of an exciting line-up that includes reality and talent shows, comedies, dramas and LIVE award events, which appeal to entertainment lovers across the region.
STAR World broadcasts many of the Top Model shows from around the world and believes that Asia’s Next Top Model will be another hit series for the channel and another great programme for viewers, affiliates and advertisers alike.” – Yvonne Tay, Territory Head for Singapore at FIC.
Asia’s Next Top Model features 14 aspiring models from territories across Asia such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and South Korea. Tyra Banks, the creator of the Top Model format, attended the launch of the Asian version in Singapore in August.