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The editing team on Survivor is prepared to snuff the torch on the show's upcoming 29th season if contractual demands aren't met.
The Motion Picture Editors Guild announced Wednesday via Twitter that the show's editors were going on strike after their request for negotiations on a union contract from CBS fell on deaf ears. The walkout lasted less than 12 hours, however, as producer Mark Burnett's company Island Post Productions agreed to talks with the group of about 24 post-production staff members, according to Deadline.
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The editors were told to report to work Thursday to resume cutting the 90-minute season premiere of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water, which is scheduled to air on September 24. The date should not be affected by the strike, sources tell Deadline.
Negotiations are set to begin Friday, August 15. The editing team is seeking a contract that includes health insurance and pension benefits similar to those received by employees of Burnett's other reality shows, Shark Tank and The Voice.
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