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“Survivor” editors call off planned strike

Post-production editors working on the 29th season of CBS reality series Survivor have called off a planned strike and returned to work, after producers agreed to a union contract.
August 14, 2014

Post-production editors working on the 29th season of Survivor have called off a planned strike and returned to work, after producers agreed to a union contract.

On Wednesday (August 13), the editorial staff walked off the job a day after the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) sent a letter to Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions demanding health and retirement benefits, as previously reported.

That evening, the parties engaged in talks and the company agreed to union recognition. Contract talks have been scheduled for tomorrow (August 15).

Post-production crew working on the 90-minute premiere for Survivor: San Juan del Sur, which is scheduled to air on September 24, are due back at work today (August 14).

“Our picket line will stand down until further notice,” the Motion Picture Editors Guild said in a statement. “Kudos to the crew of Survivor for their resolve they showed today and this important victory.”

Representatives for Mark Burnett Productions and CBS have not responded to realscreen‘s requests for comment.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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