Quinta Brunson Sets ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut for April 1 as Strike Looms
“Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson has locked down her debut as host of Saturday Night Live on April 1 – which also happens to be the date post-production workers on the show say they’ll go on strike.
Additionally, Lil Yachty is set to be the musical guest that night.
On Thursday, the Motion Picture Editors announced the post-production editorial team at “SNL” is planning to go on strike at the beginning of next month, after the union failed to reach an agreement with NBCUniversal.
Last fall, roughly 20 post-production editors unionized with the Editors Guild, which is also known as IATSE Local 700. The union sent over a contract to NBC Universal in December and a month later NBCU responded, but the Editors Guild said that the counterproposal was not sufficient.
The Editors Guild cited low pay for its workers and said the wages are “far below industry standards.”
Sources close to negotiations say that NBCUniversal plans to continue holding talks with the Editors Guild and looks to reach a deal by the end of March in hopes to avoid a strike the day Brunson is scheduled to host the late night sketch show.
In addition to her acclaimed hit series, “Abbott Elementary,” getting a third season, Brunson won Best Lead Performance in a new scripted series at the Independent Spirit Awards.
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