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Crew halts Disney shoot, collars union status

About 50 crew members shooting a film in Canoga Park for the Disney Channel walked off the set Tuesday, set up a picket line to shut down production and negotiated union membership on the spot.

Filming of “You Lucky Dog,” a Finnegan Pinchuk Co. production, was suspended for more than two hours until representatives of Teamsters Local 399 and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees reached an agreement with the producers that resulted in full union status for the crew. “It’ll mean at least $100 more a day than I was getting, plus benefits,” said a crew member who asked not to be named.

Techies, drivers, animal handlers and lead actor Kirk Cameron honored the picket line outside the gated community where “You Lucky Dog” was in its sixth day of location work. Sked for the $4 million, two-hour movie calls for a 27-day shoot.

“They wanted to shoot nonunion and the crew members got sick and tired of not being paid full rate and not getting benefits,” said Anthony Cousimano, director of organizing for Local 399.

“The entire crew walked,” Cousimano said. “They couldn’t get a shot off. But it was settled and they didn’t waste too much time. It was not very stressful.”

Disney is not directly involved in the filming of “You Lucky Dog,” which is set to air in late June. Management at Finnegan Pinchuk, based in Studio City, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

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