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'Fashion Star' strike still underway as labor talks continue

October 15, 2012|By Richard Verrier
  • Nicole Richie, left, John Varvatos, Elle Macpherson and Jessica Simpson star as judges on "Fashion Star." Crew members from the show went on strike Saturday.
Nicole Richie, left, John Varvatos, Elle Macpherson and Jessica Simpson… (NBC )

Crew members from the NBC TV show "Fashion Star" will resume picketing outside production studios in Hollywood on Tuesday as talks to resolve the labor dispute continue.

Producers of the show met with representatives of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on Monday, but those negotiations have not yet produced a contract for the roughly 75 crew members who work on the reality TV series, union officials said.

"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.

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