Reality TV Workers Join Editors Guild

From a Times Staff Writer

Some 80 motion picture editors and their assistants on three shows produced by reality TV guru Mark Burnett have been organized by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the union announced.

The guild, part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said union authorization cards were counted for workers on the shows “The Apprentice,” “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” and “Rock Star: INXS.”

Hollywood unions have been trying to organize employees in the burgeoning reality TV genre. The Editors Guild has already organized such shows as “Big Brother” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”