You've been served: Amber Chia in dispute with reality TV producer
Malaysian supermodel Amber Chia has halted production on her latest reality TV project and served the shows producer with legal papers, following a dispute.
Photo courtesy of Amber Creations
Amber Chia and Yap Wen-Ji (Photo courtesy of Amber Creations)
Supermodel Amber Chia announced on Sunday (04.10.2009) that she had stopped production on her much-awaited modelling reality TV show, due to a contractual disagreement with the show’s creator and co-executive producer Yap Wen-Ji.
In an impromptu press conference held at Celebrity Fitness in Bangsar, a teary-eyed Chia, together with her lawyer and the 22 finalists of the show, revealed that the production of Malaysia’s Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the Year was called off indefinitely because Amber Creations, Chia’s own production company, had been unable to obtain proof that the show's producer has the legal rights to operate such a competition in Malaysia under the Ford Modelling Agency's name.
Following that, Amber Chia held another press conference Monday afternoon (05.10.2009), informing members of the media that notices were served on Triple-Apex Holdings Sdn Bhd to "provide evidence of them holding the rights to the Malaysia's Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the Year" and "for them to fulfill payment obligations as outlined in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Amber Creations Sdn Bhd." A period of 48 hours, ending Wednesday (07.10.2009) morning, has been provided to Triple-Apex Holdings Sdn Bhd to do the above.
On September 14th, both Chia and Yap had signed a memorandum during a press conference to produce Malaysia’s equivalent of America’s Next Top Model. It was announced that the winners of Malaysia’s Supermodel Search Presents Ford Supermodel of the Year – one male and one female – would walk away with a US$50,000 cash prize, lucrative modelling contracts and fashion spreads with some of the leading magazines of the world.
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