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Bryan Freedman Targets Reality TV NDAs

Litigator Bryan Freedman has been waging war for possible unionization on behalf of Bethenny Frankel and other Bravo stars.
Litigator Bryan Freedman has been waging war for possible unionization on behalf of Bethenny Frankel and other Bravo stars. Photo: Rob Latour/Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
August 21, 2023

Some quiet movement this week in the battle over working conditions for reality TV performers. Litigator Bryan Freedman, who’s been waging war for possible unionization on behalf of Bethenny Frankel and other Bravo stars, sent two nasty letters to NBCUniversal general counsel Kim Harris demanding that employees of the company and its outside producers “are released from any contractual provisions that interfere with their ability to freely disclose unlawful conduct in the workplace.” 

Freedman means NDAs, which are typically used in reality TV to prevent leaks of spoilers, but which also can be wielded “like a sword” (his words) to keep quiet unsafe or oppressive conditions. “This culture of fear and silence is no doubt responsible, in part, for the disproportionate rate of suicide among reality TV participants,” Freedman writes in a scathing letter sent today.