Just one day after editors on the CBS reality staple “Survivor” demanded union contracts, the show’s post-production crew walked off the job, Deadline.com’s Dominic Patten reports.
The Motion Picture Editors Guild tweeted today: “The post crew of CBS’ #Survivor has walked off the job, halting post for an IATSE contract.”
“Picketing lines have been set up outside the Santa Monica HQ of Island Post Productions,” Patten writes. “Today’s labor action is in response to the IATSE Local 700 hearing nothing back from Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions on Tuesday’s request for immediate negotiations.
The report quotes a source saying: “People stayed on the job yesterday out of respect for the long relationship with the show, but respect has to go both ways.”
Patten adds: “Burnett’s company did not respond to Deadline when contacted about the one-page letter Tuesday from Editors Guild National Executive Director Ron Kutak. The ‘Survivor’ employees’ primary goal is getting an agreement that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits like what fellow Burnett unscripted series ‘Shark Tank’ and NBC’s ‘The Voice’ have on their IATSE contracted shows.”
About two-dozen non-unionized “Survivor” editors and assistants are affected. It is unknown how long the union will keep them off the job.
Patten notes: “Time is of the essence for Burnett and the CBS show. The 29th cycle of ‘Survivor’ is set to debut September 24 with an extended 90-minute episode. As I reported exclusively yesterday, that premiere episode isn’t finished, and a delay of more than a few days could make meeting that date a near impossibility. With that pushed back, and the rest of the season likely to follow, CBS would have to scramble to shift its schedule around.”
The network is said to be closely monitoring the developments.