2nd UPDATE, 5:28 PM: Naked And Afraid’s post production team voted today to ratify the deal the Editors Guild and producers Renegade 83 came to on Saturday for the Discovery Channel show. The IATSE contract means the Naked And Afraid employees will receive retroactive health and pension contributions, increased assistant editor pay, and overtime will now be paid at appropriate rates. After going on strike on November 18, the Naked And Afraid post production team will return to work on Monday.
1st UPDATE: Nov. 23, PM: After almost a week, the Editors Guild and IATSE picket line is down at the Sherman Oaks offices of production company Renegade 83. “#NakedAndAfraid picketing is suspended until further notice. Please do not report for picket duty this afternoon,” tweeted out the Guild today. While details are sketchy, the two sides have reached a tentative agreement over an IATSE contract, I’ve learned. That also means that the two-hour Naked And Afraid special scheduled to air on December 8 and lead the weeklong “Discovery Unwrapped” block on Discovery Channel‘ will more than likely make its air date after all. The crew of the reality TV show and the union went out on November 18 in search of an agreement.
PREVIOUSLY, NOV, 18 AM: Editors on Discovery Channel‘s Naked & Afraid walked off the show this morning seeking an IATSE contract. The Renegade 83 production is currently in postproduction on a two-hour special scheduled to air in three weeks on December 8, leading Discovery’s weeklong “Discovery Unwrapped” holiday programming of premieres and specials. Striking crew are expected to picket outside Renegade 83’s Sherman Oaks CA office this afternoon with support from the Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE 700).