IATSE to Continue Picketing NBC's 'Fashion Star' on Monday
Heading into a second day of picketing, the union says it will remain out until a contract is reached.
IATSE crew members will be picketing Fashion Star for a second day Monday, the union said in an email to The Hollywood Reporter. The move follows a walkout on Saturday that halted production on the NBC reality competition program.
“We’re on strike against this show until we have a contract,” said IATSE official Vanessa Holtgrew on Saturday.
It is not known whether any talks are in progress. The primary issue is pension and health benefits.
Picketing on Monday will take place at three locations: Hollywood Center Studios, a production location and the offices of one of the production companies, Magical Elves.
The show is in production on its second season. It’s produced by Electus, 5x5 Media and Magical Elves as well as the Global Fashion Association.
NBC referred inquiries to Electus, but an Electus representative did not respond to an inquiry sent Saturday. Nor have the other two production companies responded to inquiries from THR.
Saturday’s picket lines numbered about 70 crew, according to IATSE.
The decline of motion picture and TV drama production in Los Angeles has left reality and half-hour comedy as key factors in the local business. IATSE has been active in organizing reality, and Holtgrew and IATSE official Mike Miller said to expect more job actions in the next few months.
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