IATSE Reaches Terms With Reality Show — Deal Is Being Called a Victory for the Union

Aug 3, 2015  •  Post A Comment

After picket lines went up about a week and a half ago, a settlement has been reached in the dispute between IATSE and the production company behind the reality show “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge,” Deadline.com reports.

The union had been picketing the offices of 51 Minds Entertainment, alleging unfair employment practices.

“Agreed to late last night, the IATSE contract sees the post-crew back at work today with enshrined health and pension benefits,” Deadline reports today.

IATSE announced this morning: “The unfair employment letters issued against the production company 51 Minds Entertainment (currently producing Broken Skull Ranch Challenge), and rGear rental business, have both been rescinded.”

The show, which airs on CMT, is currently producing its third season.

Deadline notes: “This is yet another win for IATSE and the Motion Picture’s Editors Guild in bringing unionization to unscripted TV. A very short June strike saw a contract on ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ and back in October of last year, the union inked a deal with Bravo’s ‘Shahs of Sunset’ on similar terms — after a much more protracted labor action.”

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  1. This is great news! Now I am sure that profits will increase and the show will continue production for many years.

  2. Now the show will be canceled – production will become too expensive.

  3. How is this a victory? What about the hard working field crew? Are they going to get the benefit as the editors do? Probably not at it is a shame and not fair.

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