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Replacement workers crossing ‘Biggest Loser’ picket lines

Los Angeles' KTLA is following the Biggest Loser labor unrest situation that has seen approximately 50 crew workers go on strike and picket the Calabasas set of the NBC reality show.
November 15, 2010

Los Angeles’ KTLA is following the Biggest Loser labor unrest situation that has seen approximately 50 crew workers go on strike and picket the Calabasas set of the NBC reality show. Replacement workers are currently crossing picket lines on this, the second week follwing the walkout of crew members on the evening of November 8. The workers are looking to sign a union contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) but the production companies behind the series, Reveille Productions, 3Ball Productions and 25/7 Productions, have refused to sign the deal. The Hollywood Reporter has also been monitoring the picket line at the set and says approximately 100 people – striking workers and IATSE supporters – are orderly in their picketing thus far. Meanwhile, The Wrap is reporting trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have refused to cross the picket line.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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