NBC's 'Fashion Star' Asks to Meet With IATSE After Crew Walkout
Fashion Star producers have requested a meeting for Monday afternoon to discuss a contract with IATSE, union organizer Vanessa Holtgrew told The Hollywood Reporter in an email. The move follows a walkout on Saturday that halted production on the NBC reality competition program.
Meanwhile, picketing continued Monday morning. The primary issue is pension and health benefits.
“The IA will continue to picket the shooting locations of Fashion Star until the crew has a union contract,” said Holtgrew.
Picketing was planned to 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 on 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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