That was fast: The Survivor editing team is going back to work on next month’s 29th cycle premiere after a strike that lasted less than one day. The Motion Picture Editors Guild announced late Wednesday night that Survivor producers agreed to let the editing team unionize, concluding a brief walk-out that put the show’s return in jeopardy.
MPEG issued the following statement: “On Wednesday evening, the company agreed to the demand we issued on Tuesday for union recognition for the post crew of CBS’s reality series Survivor. Contract talks have been scheduled for Friday. In the meantime, our strike action has been suspended, and Survivor post-production employees will return to their jobs on Thursday. Our picket line will stand down until further notice.”
The veteran reality hit’s editing team walked off the job while preparing the show’s extended 90-minute premiere that’s set to air Sept. 24. Editors demanded a union contract that gave them a pension plan and health benefits similar to other shows produced by Survivor’s Mark Burnett Productions.