Crew members from the reality TV series “Fashion Star” walked off the job Saturday morning in a dispute over efforts to secure union representation. Production of the show was suspended Saturday when about 75 crew members struck and began picketing outside Hollywood Center Studios at 8 a.m.
The strike was led by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which has been waging an ongoing campaign to extend union benefits to crew members who work behind the scenes on reality TV shows.
Crew members resumed picketing outside production studios in Hollywood on Tuesday as talks to resolve the labor dispute continue.
“Since we do not have a contract yet, there will be picketing at the same locations tomorrow,” said Vanessa Holtgrewe, International Representative for IATSE. “The crew is eager to go back to work with health and pension benefits but won’t return until a contract is signed.”
Production has been suspended on the show since crew members went on strike Saturday in an effort to secure union benefits.
“Fashion Star,” which features Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos as judges, is produced by Ben Silverman’s company Electus, Magical Elves Productions and 5X5 Media.
Hopefully everything works out soon.