Reality Show Editors Join Guild

Aug 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

About 80 editors working on Mark Burnett reality shows have joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the union announced Wednesday. The newly unionized employees include editors and their assistants working on “The Apprentice,” “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” and “Rock Star: INXS.”

“This effort is part of our continuing commitment to organize reality television,” said Motion Picture Editors Guild Executive Director Ronald G. Kutak. “We are pleased that Mark Burnett Productions will respect the choice these people have made to have the Editors Guild represent them, and we look forward to negotiating a fair and equitable contract.”

Guilds have been trying to unionize reality television workers for years. In the most recent action, 12 reality show writers, with support from the Writers Guild of America, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last month claiming they were overworked and underpaid.