Striking 'Shahs of Sunset' Crew Compares Ryan Seacrest Productions to a Rat

They’ve been seeking a union contract since Sept. 9

The striking Shahs of Sunset crewmembers brought a prominent guest to day five of its ongoing picket on Wednesday, inflating Scabby the Rat — a popular prop used in labor disputes — outside the Miracle Mile offices of Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Scabby holds a banner contrasting the Bravo docuseries (“a show celebrating glitz & opulence”) against the editors and other staff who work on it (“a crew without health & retirement benefits”). The 20 to 25 members of the Shahs crew have been seeking unionization since Sept. 9, when the Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE Local 700) sent a letter to RSP subsidiary Berne Productions to request a meeting.

No plans to begin labor talks have yet been made, so the crew went on strike the morning of Sept. 10 and began picketing the next day. Bravo quickly announced an indefinite postponement of Shahs’ fourth-season premiere, originally scheduled for Oct. 13.

The weeklong absence of a response from RSP isn’t promising for the Shahs crew. By contrast, last month Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions responded immediately to the Survivor crew’s demand for labor talks, curtailing its strike after one day.