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'Survivor' Season 29 Premiere: 'San Juan del Sur' Could Be Delayed Due To Editors Demanding Union Contract
With the premiere of Survivor's 29th season just over a month away, the show's editors are demanding a union contract, which may halt the season's episode production.

About two dozen of the reality show's editors are reportedly demanding a contract, according to a new report by Deadline. The contract would include industry-standard health insurance as well as pension benefits.

With this demand out in the open, it may halt post-production as Survivor enters its 29th season, titled Survivor: San Juan del Sur. In fact, the 90-minute premiere is not even finished yet, editing-wise.

"The premiere episode isn't even done yet," a source close to the incident told Deadline. "With the plan of a 90-minute opener and the team still going through footage, any delay of more than a few days would be very hard on the schedule."

Survivor: San Juan del Sur is set to begin airing on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on CBS, airing a special 90-minute premiere leading into the 90-minute finale of Big Brother 16.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild is representing the editors in the case, telling longtime reality producer Mark Burnett and his company Island Post Productions on Tuesday about the demands. Per Deadline, the plan is reportedly to allow Burnett and company to respond to the demand first.

As noted by the publication, several members of the editing staff have been nominated for this year's Emmys in the category of Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming.


Two items to update:

1. The post-production staff and editors, who aren't under a union contract, have gone on strike as of this morning (Wednesday) and the expanded premiere episode (90 minutes) announced last week along with the shift of the Big Brother finale as 90 minutes on the same night, has not been completed.
2. As referenced in 1, the premiere is now 90 minutes, as CBS moved the final episodes of Extant out of premiere week, as well as the September sweeps period.

In other news, Planetbuff has released the two tribe buffs for this season: COYOPA and HUNAHPU

If this seasons premiere is delayed, I would be VERY disappointed, I feel like this season can't come soon enough! Really excited

Burnett's company agreed to union recognition and contract talks overnight, so for now, the strike is over.


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