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October 15, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
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.
October 16, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Crew members from the reality TV series "Fashion Star" ended their strike, four days after walking off the job in a dispute over union representation. Production of the show was suspended Saturday when about 75 crew members struck and began picketing outside Hollywood Center Studios at 8 a.m. Crew members have been seeking to secure health and pension benefits. But Tuesday evening the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees called off the strike after successfully negotiating a new contract with the show's producers, said a person familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be identified because the talks were confidential.
September 27, 2007 | From City News Service
Two days into the new television season, NBC announced a prime-time schedule change Wednesday, saying it would replace the Wednesday-night edition of "Deal or No Deal" next month with "Phenomenon," another competition series. "Phenomenon" is scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and will run for five weeks, then "Deal or No Deal" will return to the time slot, an NBC official said. "Phenomenon" is based on a hit Israeli series and will be hosted by Criss Angel and Uri Geller.
October 13, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Crew members from the reality TV series "Fashion Star" walked off the job Saturday morning in a dispute over efforts to secure union representation. Production of the show was suspended Saturday when about 75 crew members struck and began picketing outside Hollywood Center Studios at 8 a.m. The strike was led by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which has been waging an ongoing campaign to extend union benefits to crew members who work behind the scenes on reality TV shows.
April 3, 2008 | Martin Miller
"ER," one of television's most honored programs, refused once again to go quietly into that good night and was officially picked up for a 15th and final season, NBC officials announced Wednesday. Despite steadily declining ratings in recent years, the medical drama will return in the fall with 19 episodes, including the finale, currently scheduled for February. The series will continue to air in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot that it has occupied since premiering in 1994.
February 8, 2008 | From City News Service
NBC has ordered "Kath & Kim," an American adaptation of a hit Australian comedy series that will star "Saturday Night Live" alumna Molly Shannon as a cheerful divorcee in her 40s and Selma Blair as her self-absorbed daughter. This is the second time in six days NBC has announced a series bypassing the traditional pilot process. On Friday, NBC said that it had given a 13-episode order to "The Listener," a Canadian drama about a psychic paramedic.
November 28, 2007 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
NBC has picked up two of its freshman series -- "Chuck" and "Life" -- for the remainder of the season while leaving the future of two other struggling high-profile new series up in the air. Ben Silverman, NBC's co-chairman of entertainment, said in a statement that "Chuck" and "Life" had performed well with audiences, and are "hitting their stride creatively."
June 12, 2011 | By Meredith Blake, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It wasn't until the fourth grade that Jennifer Graziano, creator and executive producer of the VH1 reality series "Mob Wives," suspected that her father, Anthony Graziano, might be in an unusual line of work. "The teacher was going around the class, and everybody was reciting what their parents did for a living," Graziano, now 38, recalls. "I was like … 'I don't know what my father does.' And I didn't. I really didn't. " Graziano may have been in the dark about her father's alleged Mafia connections — according to prosecutors, he was for years the consigliere of New York's Bonanno crime family and is currently in prison — but these days Graziano has not only accepted her family's checkered past, she's used it to make the leap into a career as a television producer.
June 24, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
"Traveling Man" (Home Box Office, Sunday at 9 p.m.) aspires to be the "All About Eve" of the industrial foam selling business. Ben Cluett (John Lithgow) is the veteran selling champ; Billy Fox (Jonathan Silverman) is the young hotshot who learns the ropes from Ben and then tries to surpass him. David Taylor's script sharply sets up the relationship between the two in their initial scenes together. But when the movie wanders away from the hard work of selling and from its focus on the two of them, it becomes diffuse and conventional.
January 15, 2007 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The glittering lights of Hollywood are attracting another Internet giant: Microsoft Corp.'s MSN. Two productions launching today highlight how MSN is accelerating its courtship of traditional media players, even as such rivals as Yahoo Inc. scale back their entertainment-industry ambitions. This morning, "The Big Debate," the first of 10 planned MSN Originals shows from hotshot television producer Ben Silverman, will make its debut on MSN Video.
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