After unions began protesting production of Spike TV’s “1000 Ways to Die” several days ago, the channel has pulled the plug on new episodes of the series.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the network released a statement confirming that the production for the show has been halted. The shutdown comes less than a week after nearly 30 crew members went on strike, claiming that their efforts to join unions where blocked by their employer, Original Productions, which allegedly questioned the right of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Teamsters Local 399 to negotiate on behalf of the workers.
Although the company attempted to bring in replacements to wrap up season four of the show, Spike made the decision to simply end the production.
“We were effective in halting them from shooting, but that’s not the goal here,” Steve Dayan, business agent for Teamsters Local 399, which represents casting directors, location managers and drivers told the paper. “What we wanted was for them to sit down and bargain with us for a fair agreement for the crew members.”