Hollywood Labor Unions Reach Deal to Resume Film and TV Production During Covid

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Hollywood is finally back up and running!

The major Hollywood labor unions (representing writers, actors and directors) have reached a deal with studios, networks, major companies and independent producers to resume film and TV production during the covid-19 pandemic, according to Deadline.

The protocols pave the way for creative workers, who have been hard hit by the pandemic, to resume their crafts and livelihoods in workplaces redesigned around their health. Guiding principles include strictly enforced testing regimens and safety protocols, a zone-based system, and diligent use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

-A joint statement from Hollywood labor unions

Under the new deal for shooting during covid-19, all sets will require a covid compliance officer who is in charge of enforcing physical distancing, hand-washing, mask-wearing and other safety protocols.

In addition, employees who have to quarantine because of infection or exposure to the coronavirus will receive quarantine pay. All employees will receive also 10 days of covid-19 paid sick leave.

Cast and crew members of film and TV productions will also undergo mandatory testing and be separated into “zones” of exposure. Performers and people who come into close contact with them are Zone A; other on-set workers are Zone B; production office employees are Zone C; and remote workers are Zone D.

The agreement took longer to come together than many hoped for, but the various parties ultimately expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

Getting everyone safely back to sets and back to telling stories in these difficult times has been critical for all of us. To overcome the challenges posed by our unique work, we collaborated with our friends at SAG/AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters, together with the Producers, to develop a comprehensive set of standards that will allow production to resume while minimizing the risk we, our families and our communities face during this pandemic.

Thomas Schlamme, President of the Directors Guild of America

Meanwhile, even as production resumes, many members of the entertainment industry are worried about the prospect of reopening movie theaters (even as financial woes loom due to empty cinemas). Theaters won’t be outfitted with covid compliance officers, and the average moviegoer won’t be getting tested often.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer/director Jordan Peele is said to have fought for a new release date for Candyman, which will now come out in 2021 instead of October 23, 2020.

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