Exactly a week after the crew of Syfy’s competition reality series Face Off walked off the job in an effort to obtain a contract with IATSE, the union that represents film and TV crew members, their goal has been achieved. Rob Callahan, organizer at Motion Picture Editors Guild (Local 700 IATSE), made the announcement on Facebook this afternoon.
Victory! The IATSE has reached a tentative agreement with the producers of “Face Off.” The deal will end the strike and return the production and post-production crews to work with a union contract providing health and retirement benefits.
Everyone working on the show demonstrated tremendous resolve and solidarity throught this fight; their courage and commitment to one another won this contract. All of us who want to see more of unscripted TV offering healthcare benefits owe this crew a debt of gratitude for their brave stand.