Mark Burnett says Sylvester Stallone has suggested editing changes for Contender.

Mark Burnett says Sylvester Stallone has suggested editing changes for Contender.
With more than 400 hours of tape to edit down into a series, and with the failure of The Next Great Champ looming over them, The Contender‘s producers Mark Burnett and Sylvester Stallone are rumored to be “bickering in the editing bay,” according to the New York Post. But Burnett is candid about Stallone’s contribution: “Of course there’s been a lot of discussions with him seeing the way we’re doing boxing and saying, ‘I think it should be done differently,’ and actually he’s been right. … Nobody can edit boxing like Sly. We’re different, but we’ve come together very well. His help has been immeasurable. … There’s no question that he’s [edited] more boxing, dramatically, than anyone else in the world. He knows, he’s really good and I think he’s been pretty impressed with the way we do storytelling.” According to the Post, “Burnett says he has at least 17 editing machines going 24 hours a day in order to get the show on the air by January.” Horizon Media’s Brad Adgate is optimistic about the series: “But one thing that Mark Burnett does really well is make his shows personality driven–viewers get a chance to have favorites and pick out the ones that they want to lose.”

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