Non-union editors and assistant editors working on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” have struck the show in an effort to unionize the post-production work.
Monday’s strike took place a few weeks before its scheduled May 22 premiere. J.B. Smoove (pictured above) is hosting with Roseanne Barr, Russell Peters and Keenan Ivory Wayans judging.
NBCUniversal had no immediate comment.
The strike involves a crew of more than a dozen editors and assistant editors who operate in a cutting room in Glendale, Calif., along with on-set postproduction work. The striking crew is seeking a contract under the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as part of Local 700.
“This is an experienced, top-notch crew, putting together a primetime series for broadcast on NBC,” said Editors Guild President Alan Heim. “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. 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.
The current season of the reality-competition program is a reboot of the series that ran on NBC from 2003 to 2010.