IATSE launched a seven-hour strike on Saturday against Profiles Television Productions – producers of TNT’s competition action/adventure reality series The Great Escape – accusing the show of obstructing the union’s organizing efforts, and declaring the show and the company “off limits” for its members. The strike quickly resulted in an agreement, and the crew returned to work over the weekend.
The crew was out on the picket line for just seven hours in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the show is shooting at the Placerita Canyon Power Plant. Now, IATSE will negotiate a contract on behalf of the workers.
“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,” said Vanessa Holtgrewe, IATSE international rep.
Headed by co-founders Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, Profiles Television Productions is the parent company of both World Race Productions and Earthview. 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.
The IATSE is an international union that represents members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and Canada.