RE: The Shahs of Sunset Strike
To my creative colleagues who make unscripted television,
I’m sure you’re aware of the recent labor dispute between the sixteen editors and assistants and Ryan Seacrest Productions. Since the post-production crew walked off the job three weeks ago to collectively bargain for better working conditions that include employer-paid health care, sick & vacation days, & employer pension contributions there has been a sense that this is really a larger action. One between the talented and nearly completely freelance workforce in unscripted tv and the large corporations that we ultimately work for (in this case Comcast, who owns NBC/Universal and Bravo).
Bravo/Comcast confirmed that sense on Friday when they fired all the striking editors and assumed control of the production from Ryan Seacrest Productions. They will attempt to finish this season with replacement workers. To that end, Bravo’s latest tactic is to not tell Post Supers and Editors what project they’re calling about. Loosely referencing “projects in progress” or “other projects”. IF you get a call for a Bravo job, ask A LOT of questions. ACCEPT the job to get the info about where the cutting rooms are, then share that info either with me (DM, email, phone call, at lunch, whenever, wherever. I’m available) and THEN let them know you’re not interested after all.
Know this; we have long careers and the industry both here in LA and beyond is small. The longer you’re in it, the smaller it gets. Crossing a picket line to take someone’s job that was standing up for an ideal that would ultimate help a large portion of an entire industry of television workers isn’t something to be taken lightly and isn’t something that gets forgotten when you do.
There are other jobs and you have a future to consider.
*NOTE:You may not also realize that some members of the production crew have also walked off the job. Work shooting pick-up scenes and interview shoots have also been stopped.