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Talks resume in standoff between IATSE and "Biggest Loser" producers

The union representing striking workers on "The Biggest Loser" and the show's producers resumed talks Friday in an effort to end a bitter labor dispute that has disrupted production on the reality series, according to people close to the discussions.

Matt Loeb, head of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, flew in from New York to meet with representatives of the show's producers on Friday after joining workers on the picket line outside the Calabasas Ranch where "The Biggest Loser" is filmed.

IATSE mounted a strike against the NBC reality TV series last week after about 50 crew members walked off the job, saying producers rebuffed their efforts to gain union representation and benefits.

Producers attempted to resume production of the series this week, hiring replacement workers, but were met with protests organized by IATSE. The show's two main trainers have refused to cross the picket line and, along with the host, are auctioning themselves off on EBay to raise money for strikers.

The sides had engaged in brief discussions earlier last week before IATSE began its strike

NBC and the producers -- Reveille, 3Ball and 24/7 -- delined to comment, as did IATSE.

-- Richard Verrier

 
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