‘Last Comic Standing’ editors return to work after walkout
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No joke: The walkout by editors and assistant editors on the NBC show “Last Comic Standing” is over after less than two days.
An official with the Motion Picture Editors Guild said 15 workers returned to work Wednesday morning after the union reached an agreement with NBC to provide a union contract for the employees.
“Thanks to the courage and cohesion they demonstrated, and to the overwhelming support showed to them by their Local 700 sisters and brothers and the entire IATSE [International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees] community, the post crew of ‘Last Comic Standing’ will return to work tomorrow under an IATSE contract!” Rob Callahan, a national organizer for IATSE Local 700 said in an email to members Tuesday evening. “Through their work stoppage of roughly one and a half days, they won health and retirement benefits, vacation and holiday pay, and significant wage increases for assistant editors.”
The editors, employed by NBC Studios in Glendale walked off the job late Monday morning in a bid to secure a union contract, including health insurance and pension benefits.
The reality show, a reboot of the series that ran on NBC from 2003 to 2010, will be hosted by J.B. Smoove and is to feature comedians Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters as judges. “Last Comic Standing” launches its new season May 22.
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