Crew members from the new Los Angeles-based reality TV show "The Great Escape" walked off the job after talks between producers and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees broke down on Friday.
IATSE, which represents technical workers who operate behind the scenes on films and TV shows, has called a strike against the TNT series, alleging producers have blocked efforts to bring union benefits to the show's crew.
"By obstructing the IATSE's organizing efforts, the union has declared the show and company off-limits for its members,'' IATSE said in a statement Saturday morning. "The hard working employees of 'The Great Escape' deserve the health, pension and safe working conditions that other workers in the entertainment industry have."
"The Great Escape" is a competition action/adventure reality series hosted by Rich Eisen, one of NFL Network's anchors, from the producers of the CBS hit"The Amazing Race." The series, which premieres June 24, follows teams as they compete in challenges similar to scenes from action/adventure movies.