UPDATE, 8:14 PM: No joke — the strike is over. After a day-and-a-half labor action on the part of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, the postproduction crew of Last Comic Standing now have a union contract, I’ve learned. With that over, everybody is heading back to work tomorrow on the soon-to-debut NBC reboot. The roughly 15 editors, assistant editors and other briefly striking post employees have won the health and retirement benefits plus vacation and holiday pay they sought when they walked out on Monday. A day of picketing today outside the Glendale postproduction facility of the NBC Studios show also saw significant wage increases for the assistant editors. Last Comic Standing is set to premiere on May 22.
PREVIOUS, APRIL 21, AM: Just more than a month before its reboot is set to debut, NBC‘s Last Comic Standing today has been knocked down by a labor action. About 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today in a no-joke strike organized by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, I’ve learned. Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits. Read More »
2nd UPDATE, 5:28 PM: Naked And Afraid’s post production team voted today to ratify the deal the Editors Guild and producers Renegade 83 came to on Saturday for the Discovery Channel show. The IATSE contract means the Naked And Afraid employees will receive retroactive health and pension contributions, increased assistant editor pay, and overtime will now be paid at appropriate rates. After going on strike on November 18, the Naked And Afraid post production team will return to work on Monday.
1st UPDATE: Nov. 23, PM: After almost a week, the Editors Guild and IATSE picket line is down at the Sherman Oaks offices of production company Renegade 83. “#NakedAndAfraid picketing is suspended until further notice. Please do not report for picket duty this afternoon,” tweeted out the Guild today. While details are sketchy, the two sides have reached a tentative agreement over an IATSE contract, I’ve learned. That also means that the two-hour Naked And Afraid special scheduled to air on December 8 and lead the weeklong “Discovery Unwrapped” block on Discovery Channel‘ will more than likely make its air date after all. The crew of the reality TV show and the union went out on November 18 in search of an agreement.
PREVIOUSLY, NOV, 18 AM: Editors on Discovery Channel‘s Naked & Afraid walked … Read More »
UPDATE, 9:34 PM: The Motion Pictures Editors Guild said tonight that it has reached an agreement with the producers of The Hunt. “The crew will report to work as scheduled tomorrow, and they’ll be working under a union contract,” the guild said on its Facebook page. “Many thanks to all those sisters and brothers who volunteered to walk the picket line. Thankfully, this time it won’t be necessary.” Sources say that things got pretty heated before a deal was reached between the union and the show’s producers. Company execs were loudly promising that Renegade 83 could go bust if The Hunt crew unionized. They backed down from that claim when it looked like their show would be shut down by picketing tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.
PREVIOUSLY: The upcoming CW series The Hunt doesn’t premiere until July 31st, but its producers are already in trouble with the Hollywood unions. The Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, sent an email to its members and sister IATSE locals today calling for a Thursday picket against Renegade 83 Productions’ Sherman Oaks offices doing post-production. The union claims that production subsidiary Triple Ridge Entertainment “has improperly interfered with its employees’ free exercise of their right to organize”. MPEG took to its Facebook page to put out a call for picketers. The Hunt is a wilderness competition in which 12 teams compete in a physical game for a $25,000 prize. It is executive produced by David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Greg Goldman.
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Striking editors on the History Channel‘s Swamp People have reached an agreement, according to Motion Picture Editors Guild statements posted on Facebook and Twitter. “We have successfully resolved the Swamp People strike. After a work stoppage of four days, the crew of the History Channel’s docu-reality series will return to work with a union contract” read the statement on Facebook. The Twitter message said The @MPEG700 crew of #SwampPeople has a deal to end the #strike! Back to work under an @IATSE contract. The editors walked off the job Tuesday in protest against producers trying to stymie union organizing. Approximately 16 people were involved in the walkout.