Reality TV kids: A legal gray zone
The Times filed public-record requests in 10 states with the agencies that regulate the employment of minors, seeking information about the child labor permit status of 16 reality television shows. Of those, 11 had not applied for such permits. No state could say definitively whether they should have. The networks say they require their production companies to follow all applicable laws.
Show: “19 Kids and Counting,” produced by Figure 8 Films in Arkansas
Show: “Toddlers & Tiaras,” produced by Authentic Entertainment Inc. in Arkansas*
Show: “Kate Plus 8" (formerly known as “Jon & Kate Plus 8"), produced by Figure 8 Films in Pennsylvania
Permit: Not initially, but obtained permits this spring.
Show: “Table for 12,” produced by Figure 8 Films in New Jersey
Show: “Carpio Family Project” (formerly known as “Multitude of Multiples”), produced by Figure 8 Films in New York
Permit: Not for pilot, but obtained one May 21
Show: “Little People, Big World,” produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions in Oregon
Show: “Quintuplet Surprise,” produced by Megalomedia in Texas
Permit: Yes, according to production company. State could not verify.
Show: “9 by Design,” produced by Left/Right Inc. in New York
Show: “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” produced by Evolution Media in California
Show: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” produced by True Entertainment in Georgia
Show: “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” produced by Sirens Media in New Jersey
Show: “The Real Housewives of New York,” produced by Ricochet Television Inc. in New York
Show: “The Real Housewives of D.C.,” produced by Half Yard Productions in Virginia*
Show: “Raising Sextuplets,” produced by Eric Schiff Productions Inc. in Florida
Show: “Little Miss Perfect,” produced by NorthSouth Productions in Florida*
Show: “Tori & Dean,” produced by World of Wonder Productions in California
*This show is filmed in multiple jurisdictions
Source: State documents, researched by Matea Gold