Could Fashion Star start filming again soon? It looks possible, as the producers of the NBC reality show are meeting today with IATSE officials to discuss a new contract that would end the strike against the show. The two sides were scheduled to meet yesterday, but that meeting was cancelled.
The two sides have traded email proposals, but this will be the first "face-to-face substantive negotiations," said a source close to the ordeal.
Picketing continued earlier today, following Saturday's walkout. The cause of the walkout 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 IATSE organizer Vanessa Holtgrew.
The picketing is taking place at the Hollywood Center Studios, a production location and the offices of Magical Elves, one of the production companies.
This is the second season of Fashion Star. It is produced by Electus, 5x5 Media and Magical Elves, as well as the Global Fashion Association. I had not heard of it prior to this ordeal, so good job everyone!
About 70 crewmembers participated in picket lines over the weekend, according to IATSE.
Reality programs have become one of the keys to local business in Los Angeles' TV and motion picture production arena. IATSE has become active in organizing reality strikes and the group says to expect more job actions over the next few months.