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TV wages low, but work was steady

Photo caption: A live studio audience from Cavalcade of Stars

Source: Smithsonian Institution

IA work in television consisted of two distinct areas: live productions at networks and film production on Hollywood.  Because the industry was so young, wage scales for production jobs in TV were lower than in other crafts.  While the pay was low, the work was steady - very important to theatrical workers at this time.

In the early years, productions were broadcast live across the country.  For IA stagehands, it was stagecraft transplanted to a TV studio.  Networks hired stagehands as well as carpenters, electricians, scenic artists, wardrobe workers, make-up artists, hairstylists and other skilled theatrical technicians to fill these jobs in television.

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