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CONTACT: Rob Callahan
National Organizer, IATSE Local 700
Post Crew Halts Work on “Last Comic Standing”
Editors and Assistants Strike for Union Contract
Glendale, California - April 21, 2014 - Editors and assistant editors working on NBC’s Last Comic Standing walked off the job late Monday morning, effectively shutting down postproduction on the show a few weeks before its scheduled premiere.
The strike involves a crew of more than a dozen editors and assistant editors employed by NBC Studios on a non-union basis. The post crew operates out of a cutting room in Glendale, California, in addition to performing some on-set postproduction work. The striking crew seeks an IATSE contract, including industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits.
“This is an experienced, top-notch crew, putting together a primetime series for broadcast on NBC,” said Editors Guild President Alan Heim, A.C.E. “For generations, the Guild has fought to establish standards for this kind of employment, so that talented postproduction craftspeople can enjoy certain basic safeguards, including health and retirement benefits. 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.”
The strike began less than two hours after editors received their first round of network notes for hours one and two of the show, both of which are set to air on May 22nd. It is not yet clear whether this work stoppage will require a delay of the season’s scheduled premiere.
The current season of the reality-competition program, a reboot of the series that ran on NBC from 2003 to 2010, is to be hosted by J.B. Smoove and to feature comedians Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters as judges.
The Motion Picture Editors Guild is Local 700 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Established in 1937, the Guild now represents more than 7,300 postproduction professionals working nationwide in television, features, and new media.