More than a dozen editors for the Wanda Sykes-produced reality show walked off the job this morning, according to Deadline.
They were originally hired on a non-union basis, but are now trying to negotiate industry standard union contracts, which would include health insurance and pension benefits.
The action comes with the editors having just gotten notes from the network for the first two shows of the returning reality show. With LCS supposed to premiere on May 22, today’s action halts post-production on the series. No word yet if the strike could spill over into LCS’ immediate broadcast schedule but the margins are tight.
“For generations, the Guild has fought to establish standards for this kind of employment, so that talented post-production craftspeople can enjoy certain basic safeguards, including health and retirement benefits,” said Guild chief Alan Heim in a statement today. “NBC Studios apparently doesn’t think that this show’s editors and assistants deserve such baseline respect, and we don’t find that in the least bit funny.”
13 episodes of LAST COMIC STANDING — are scheduled to air this summer.
Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters have joined the show as judges.
JB Smoove will host.
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