Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: We’ve learned that the crew of Syfy’s competition reality series Face Off walked off the job yesterday in an effort to obtain a contract with IATSE, the union that represents film and TV crew members. Production on the series’ upcoming second season remained dark today. Syfy had no comment but Gemini 3, the company that employs the crew on the show, issued the following statement in response to our inquiry: “Gemini 3 is in the process of negotiating with IATSE in order to work out a resolution.” Face Off, which features up-and-coming SFX makeup artists competing in a series of challenges, was renewed in March after averaging 1.4 million viewers in its first season. Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control are executive producing. The process of unionizing reality series has been slow and not always smooth. The biggest skirmish came last fall, when the crew of NBC’s The Biggest Loser went on strike for two weeks until its producers reached a labor agreement with IATSE.

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