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IATSE Strike Successful; secures contract with ‘Great Escape’

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Los Angeles — After declaring the producers of the TNT competition action/adventure reality series “The Great Escape” unfair this morning, and striking the production, the IATSE and Profiles Television Productions have reached an agreement.  The crew was out on the picket line for seven hours today in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the show is shooting at the Placerita Canyon Power Plant.  The crew is now back at work.  

After obstructing the IATSE’s organizing efforts, the union declared the show and company off-limits for its members.  They will now negotiate a contract so that crew members will have health, pension and safe working conditions that other workers in the entertainment industry have.

IATSE International Representative Vanessa Holtgrewe said, “I’m happy to see the crew of this high-octane show return to their equally fast-paced jobs with the security of health benefits and safer working conditions.” 

Headed by co-founders Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, Profiles Television Productions, LLC is the parent company 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.  The show’s host is Rich Eisen.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net

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