How Hollywood Can Make On-Set Work Safer When Production Resumes (Guest Column)

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An aerial view of an empty Hollywood Blvd on April 27, 2020.







Collective quarantines, staggering crew work hours, daily temperature checks, regularly disinfecting props and costumes should be considered, write a trio of employment lawyers.

As communities begin to “flatten the curve” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, employers have started the difficult task of planning to resume operations. But getting workers back on the job presents a host of unique challenges for employers in the entertainment industry, particularly in on-location production environments.



Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Anthony J. Oncidi, Kate S. Gold, Philippe A. Lebel
April 30,2020


As Hollywood Maps Out Its Return, New On-Set Protocols Take Center Stage

The shuttered Warner Bros. studio lot on April 8, 2020, as TV and film production halt amid a coronavirus pandemic.








Studios and guilds are debating a phased approach that includes pretesting for antibodies, quarantining sets and airline-style packaged meals: “The days of doing an eight-episode show and traveling to five countries are done.”

Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, when predicting the future may seem futile, there’s at least one thing Hollywood is in agreement on: When the industry is eventually able to start up production again, film and TV sets are going to look very different. Gone are the days of grazing on the communal snacks at the craft services table, inviting friends and family to pop over to the set and maybe even kissing scenes between actors — at least until a coronavirus vaccine is widely available.



Source:  The Hollywood Reporter | Bryn Elise Sandberg, Etan Vlessing
April 27, 2020


How The Multi-Billion Dollar UK Film & TV Industries Are Creating “Robust Protocols” For Production After Lockdown







“Everything is on the table”, says British Film Commission and Film London CEO Adrian Wootton about the manual being drawn up to help kick-start production in the UK post-lockdown.

Industry vet Wootton is leading the UK’s Inward Investment Recovery Group, which is co-ordinating a widespread consultation with producers, studios, streamers, unions and industry bodies about how they can safely get back to work once Covid-19 restrictions ease.




Source: | Andreas Wiseman
April 27, 2020


New Document Lays Out Plan to Resume Movie and TV Productions With Strict Quarantine Pods (VARIETY EXCLUSIVE)

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As Hollywood contemplates the risks and uncertainties around going back into production in the coming months after coronavirus-imposed shutdowns, strategies for scaled-back sets are beginning to emerge. Producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Chris Ferguson — from the companies Automatik (“Honey Boy,” “Bad Education”) and Oddfellows (“Child’s Play”), respectively — have created a proposal titled “Isolation Based Production Plan,” which Variety has obtained.



Source: Variety | Kate Arthur
April 24, 2020

Russo Brothers take their talents to Netflix with ‘Extraction’

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The Russo Brothers are masters of subversion.

Cleveland-born filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo love playing with moviegoers’ expectations: from taking over a Marvel superhero franchise and turning it into an homage to 1970s conspiracy thrillers in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to lopping off the villain’s head and time jumping five years into the future within the first 20 minutes of “Avengers: Endgame.”



Source: | Joey Morona
April 24, 2020


The state of the Cleveland film industry during the coronavirus pandemic

The film industry in Cleveland was beginning to thrive before COVID-19 brought filming and production to a halt.

“Unfortunately, the breaks were put on because you have to think of all the other industries that are impacted, just to crew a film. If the vendors aren’t able to work, a production is unable to work,” says Evan Miller, President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Miller continued, “We had a Netflix film that was in the middle of its 5 day shoot and then we had a Lion’s Gate film that was prepping to shoot here. That was actually supposed to start next week and they had to go on a hold.”

The good news, Miller says, is that Lion’s Gate film is planning to come back. Not only that, but with Ohio’s current situation compared to other states, there are plenty of other projects calling as well.



Source:  WKYC Channel 3 | Will Ujek
April 23, 2020


Sweden & Denmark Could Soon Resume Film & TV Production; Read The Wide-Ranging Coronavirus Guidelines

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Film and TV shoots could soon be back underway in two Euro countries, Sweden and Denmark, with a local producer penning a guide that it says allows production to resume.

Hobby Film, which specializes in commercials, published the notice, titled “The New Rulebook: Guidelines for Film Production in Sweden and Denmark,” on its website. The company said that at present there were no specific government guidelines in place for the film and TV industries regarding resuming shoots, but that its guide was compiled from broader applicable rules that apply to all work environments in the countries.




Source: | Tom Grater
April 22, 2020

Warner Bros. Brass Reaffirm Commitment to Theatrical Movies

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Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, AT&T president and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey








Warner Bros. late Wednesday reaffirmed the studio’s commitment to the cinematic experience in hopes of clearing up confusion over comments made to investors by WarnerMedia boss John Stankey earlier in the day about the future of the theatrical model.

“We are committed to — and are excited about — releasing Tenet in theaters this summer or whenever theaters reopen. We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theaters,” Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.




Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Pamela McClintock
April 22, 2020

Australia’s ‘Neighbours’ Sets Safety Protocols As It Resumes Production; First Show Back Could Be Road Map For Others

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As Hollywood begins mounting an industrywide effort to create protocols for films and TV shows to safely return to production, there will be a test case to draw upon.

Australia’s long-running soap Neighbours will resume filming next week after a monthlong production shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is believed to be the first suspended TV drama in the English-speaking world to restart production.



Source: | Nellie Andreeva
April 21, 2020

Cherry is Almost Done, Tom Holland is “Oscar Worthy”






Since becoming known as the directors behind the biggest film of all time, having worked with Marvel from Captain America: The Winter Soldier all the way through Avengers: Endgame, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo have been hard at work with their AGBO Films productions. Next from the brand is Extraction, a Chris Hemsworth-lead action thrill ride on Netflix, which will be followed by Spider-Man actor Tom Holland getting in front of the camera again with their direction for Cherry. The film is almost complete with a first look expected sooner than later but some distribution elements remain up in the air as theaters are currently closed down.



Source: | Brandon Davis
April 19, 2020