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'Fashion Star' stops production for four days due to contract dispute

Four days after they first went on strike, the 75 or so crew member of NBC's "Fashion Star" ended their dispute with management.

A contract dispute was behind the four-day work stoppage. The crew members wanted healthcare and pension benefits, but the production company behind "Fashion Star" did not want to give those benefits to the crew.

The crew members and the production company signed a new contract. Neither side has commented on it, but an anonymous source told a reporter that both sides are satisfied with the outcome.

The crew members were represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which has also organized workers for reality shows including "The Biggest Loser," "1,000 Ways To Die," and "The Great Escape."

Now, a union has professional organizers and other support people who are excellent at what they do because it's what they do for a living.

Do you have support like that?

Contract negotiations can be difficult for entertainment professionals. At times, it can feel like there is an imbalance of power that definitely is not tipped in your favor.

One way many actors, models and singers bolster their negotiation positions is to hire an attorney who has experience with negotiations. Such an attorney can help make sure you are making an effective argument for what you deserve.

If you are gathering more information about whom you'd like to represent you in an upcoming contract issue, you could visit the Contracts portion of our website. The information we have listed there is meant to be relevant and helpful.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, "'Fashion Star' producers and union settle strike," Richard Verrier, Oct. 16, 2012

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