2ND UPDATE, 4:48 PM: IATSE has been called to a meeting with Fashion Star producers Magical Elves this afternoon, Deadline has learned. The face-to-face comes after the union put an offer before the producers of the NBC reality show to settle a labor dispute that started Saturday. “Talks are ongoing. The ball is in their court,” an IATSE spokesperson told Deadline earlier Tuesday. “We are still on strike.” Fashion Star is scheduled to resume taping tomorrow at 1:30 PM at Hollywood Center Studios. The union began discussions with Magical Elves yesterday. Four days after the crew walked off the job over health and pension benefits, picketing today was mainly centered on the De Longpre Avenue offices of the show in Hollywood. As of Tuesday afternoon, IATSE say they intend to be picketing tomorrow at Hollywood Center and the Magical Elves offices on Sunset.
1st UPDATE, MONDAY 9:12 AM: Fashion Star producers Magical Elves and NBC have requested a meeting with IATSE representatives for this afternoon to discuss crew members’ desire for health and pension benefits. A NBC spokesperson tells Deadline that the network has received a proposal from the union on the matter. Picketing will continue at Hollywood Center Studios until a contract is reached, says an IATSE spokesperson.
PREVIOUSLY, SUNDAY PM: With no talks started, the union and crew of the NBC reality show are set to return to the sidewalks tomorrow. As they did on Saturday when Fashion Star’s taping was first shut down, IATSE and the crew will be picketing outside Hollywood Center Studios and another nearby facility. There will also be pickets Monday outside the Sunset Blvd offices of production company Magical Elves, Deadline has learned. Ben Silverman’s Electus and 5X5 Media as well as Magical Elves produce Fashion Star. Neither the show’s producers nor NBC has contacted the union, says IATSE. “The Locals are in close contact with the 60-plus crew, who remain united in their desire for health and pension benefits,” an IATSE spokesperson told Deadline today.
The crew of the show walked off the job Saturday as Fashion Star was set to tape in front of an audience. Picketing went on until the early afternoon. The NBC show is in production on its second season; Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos are the show’s judges with Louise Roe as the new host this season. Roe replaces Fashion Star’s creator/executive producer Elle Macpherson. No taping was scheduled for today and there was no picketing.
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