‘Fashion Star’ Deal Gives Union Pension and Health Benefits
“Fashion Star” producers and IATSE officials reached a deal Tuesday night that has ended a strike against the show and will bring crew members pension and health benefits. The agreement came after a meeting that began Tuesday afternoon, and after several days of picketing that began on Saturday.
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.
Beyond pension and health – the main issues – other terms of the deal were not known. IATSE had no official comment pending a press released likely to be issued today. NBC has referred previous inquiries to Electus, but an Electus representative has not responded to an inquiry sent on Saturday. Nor have the other two production companies responded to inquiries.
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 IATSE officials Mike Miller and Vanessa Holtgrewe have said to expect more job actions in the next few months.
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