A division of the Saturday Night Live crew has authorized a strike amid new contract talks with NBC. According to a new trade report, the editors behind the pre-filmed segments of the live sketch comedy threaten to strike if NBCUniversal does not agree to new talks with the union.
“The Filmmakers SNL last year they made it clear that they want a union, and management acknowledged their wishes,” Cathy Repola, national director of Motion Picture Editors Guild, told me. deadline. “It is therefore very disappointing that despite the best efforts of the Guild, there is still no framework for a contract. We remain committed to getting a contract done as quickly as possible and are leaving all options on the table to achieve that goal.”
Despite initial talks earlier this month, MPSE officials “deemed the offer unacceptable,” and talks stalled. NBCUniversal reportedly contacted the union again Monday night in hopes of avoiding a strike. Nearly two dozen employees belong to the department, which received union recognition last October.
“This talented editorial team works at lightning speed under extremely tight schedules to ensure the timely satire of ‘Saturday Night Live’ hits the screen each week,” said Louis Bertini, MPEG’s second vice president at the time last year. “We salute them for standing together to have a voice at work. Behind the scenes and in front of the cameras, a host of talented artists and artisans are helping to make ‘SNL’ the cultural touchstone it is, and much of that talent is already enjoying the benefit of union contracts. We’re thrilled that these editorial staff are now joining the union workforce of ‘SNL.’
How to watch Saturday Night Live
For the remainder of Season 48, which is expected to run through May next year, NBC will air new episodes live on both NBC and Peacock. Peacock also serves as the streaming vault for all SNL episodes from the start, with new episodes added the day after they air.
Virtually every SNL episode, save for the select few who have been locked away for good for various reasons, is now available to watch on the streaming service.