UPDATE 5:47 PM Saturday: Producers of the TNT competition reality series The Great Escape have reached an agreement with IATSE. The union called a strike this morning after declaring Profiles Television Productions unfair for interfering with IATSE organizing efforts. The crew is back at work after walking a picket line for seven hours today in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the show is shooting at the Placerita Canyon Power Plant. IATSE said the union and producers will negotiate a contract that provides crew members the health benefits, pension and safe working conditions that other entertainment industry workers have.
PREVIOUSLY, 10 AM Saturday: The IATSE has gone on strike today against Profiles Television Productions, producer of TNT’s new competition show The Great Escape after declaring the company “an unfair employer” earlier this morning. The union accuses Profiles of obstructing efforts to organize the show’s crew. The action-adventure reality series is hosted by Rich Eisen, one of NFL’s on-air talent. Headed by co-founders Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, Profiles is the parent of both World Race Productions and Earthview Inc. The Great Escape is also produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine TV, Fox TV Studios, and creators Justin Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol. Picket line is set up at Placerita Power Plant, 20885 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita.