WHAT: Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) will host a hearing of the House Republican Policy Committee to discuss Pennsylvania’s child labor laws as they relate to film and television production.
WHO: Rep. Thomas P. Murt, House Republican Policy Committee. The Committee will hear testimony from:
Paul Petersen – Former child actor, president and founder of “A Minor Consideration.”
Gloria Allred – Attorney and civil rights advocate.
Kevin and Jodi Krieder – Relatives of reality television stars.
Rebecca L. Gullan, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, Gwynedd-Mercy College.
Robert Kuzynski – Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Labor Law Compliance.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 14
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Blair Mill Inn, Fountain Room, 3855 Blair Mill Road, Horsham
Aunt Jodi and Uncle Kevin's Testimony:
- Jodi chokes up as she says we want our neices and nephews protected, and all children.
- Jodi: "Very little reality involved in reality TV"
- Jodi says they are advocates and voices for the children involved in reality TV
- Each episode was planned and formal
- Jon and Kate signed a contract without a lawyer
- The children's schedule revolved around the needs of an episode, the crew didn’t follow them along their routine
- Video cameras in children’s bedrooms that operated continuously
- Kevin regrets allowing his own children to be filmed.
- Children were filmed in bathroom, often with no parent there
- The children were told it was Christmas morning so camera crew would get a genuine reaction. They were told later it was not really Christmas morning.
- Mady is labeled at school as the difficult or bad one
- Children were often left alone with crew without parents.
- The children would voice dislike of going to events and sit-down interviews
- Children cannot "defend, delete, or erase"the private moments that have been filmed
Suggestions: Reality children should be members of the Screen Actors Guild. SAG reps on set to protect children.