After a short pause, as suggested by the County Health Department, Hollywood’s top studios have started cameras again.
While Los Angeles health officials have called for the city’s current coronavirus outbreak, 10 people are testing positive for the virus every minute, which is the case. “The worst disaster in our county in decades.” Leading Hollywood studios have begun to resume production in LA.
The industry has stopped filming most of the time in Los Angeles over the holidays and in early January, when it became apparent that it was making waves, according to recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Health and several unions. SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Association Disney, Warner Bros.Universal, CBS and Netflix are pushing back their post-holiday filming schedule with the aim of starting filming again in mid-January. (Some aim for January 11, while others await January 18 return.)
Right now, a handful of projects are said to return to work this week. The source tells Hollywood Reporter Many films with plans to return to film did so. Productions that started off include CBS ‘ Add up all and Bob Hearts Abishola, Showtime’s Shameless And Netflix youAll of which are produced by Warner Bros. Goldberg And Netflix AbnormalBoth produced by Sony and a series with five scripts from CBS Studios: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Why Women Kill, SEAL Team and Diary of a future president.
Universal TV is working on three projects, including two NBC series. Mr. Mayor and KenanAnd the unnamed Jean Smart comedy for HBO Max, meanwhile, in at least three other studio productions – Netflix. I never And NBC programs Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Nice woman – Filming will not begin again until January 18, Disney and Netflix will have to wait until next week to resume the main shoots of their Los Angeles project. (At least the projects they are working on), according to FilmLA, Amazon’s Goliath Still in the shooting queue this week with a handful of reality series.
Not everyone in the industry is supporting the decision to move on at this time. Yesterday, the county reported nearly 12,000 new cases, nearly 300 deaths and nearly 8,000 hospitalizations, and advised workers to wear masks at home to reduce the spread of the virus. “We continue to monitor data and tensions over the capacity of hospitals across the region,” said a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson. How much meaning it means? “Remarkably successful” was among the group calling for a pause in production earlier this month, with President Gabrielle Carteris calling attention to the grim realities of the city. An ambulance waiting to be treated because the hospital emergency room was overflowing, ”she said at the time. “This is not a safe environment for self-manufacturing right now.”
The studios’ decisions to move forward with filming are certainly contradictory. But does it show a clear indifference to the order of the county health department? “The county’s advice to pause is not in the form of an order,” said FilmLA spokesman Filipino Coloski. Pause for as long as possible. But I think the county health department also understands that there are other business and transportation needs that come into play in making this decision. ”He explains,“ as advice and requests, where possible. He understands there will be exceptions to that and industries that need them will act accordingly. ”The Department of Health did not respond to a request for comment.
Industry insiders and government officials who feel strongly that production should maintain the green light insist that the film community’s stringent COVID-19 safety measures, which are frequently involved in testing, adequate PPE and Better hygiene practices work. Several data points from AMPTP suggested that the scheduled transmission rate was significantly lower than the spread of COVID-19 in the surrounding community. The report examined the positive rates at three key filming locations – New York City, Atlanta and Los Angeles – between September and November, and found that while the rate of national community spread exceeded By the end of November, the industry’s diffusion rate was about 0.3 percent in Los Angeles, when the community spread of more than 14 percent in late November, the industry’s spread rate was around 0.2. Percentage based on information collected
But that doesn’t mean there have been no positive tests recorded in production. According to publicly available county data, there were 28 positives in two Warner Bros. productions – Lucifer and Young Sheldon – in December, as well as 12 NBC shows Mr. MayorHowever, some people caution that these numbers represent positive results over time, which are not necessarily all identified at once – the majority of the actors and crew who contracted the virus are doing so in the community and are not. In the situation LuciferFor example, production was never shut down due to a positive outcome, as it was said to be isolated and not part of the broader epidemic.
At the same time, the commercial industry has taken its own path that appears to delay the guidance of county and guilds. According to FilmLA’s database, there are dozens of commercials planned to film in early January, Sokoloski said, that is expected due to the timing of the announcement and the way the advertising industry operates. He said he was told they should receive the call back as soon as possible this week. In at least one commercial shoot last week in Los Angeles – the FritoLays Super Bowl spot directed by Hollywood director Peter Berg – two crew members tested positive. On the set of Film 47, the Berg commercial production company responsible for the shooting confirmed the case and recorded that the production, which they said, used a strict COVID-19 protocol and the follow-up tracking continued after the person was taken. Leave the scene They declined to comment further.
As for traditional film and TV productions, Sokoloski said overall, county health officials “Impressed to see the industry prudently approaching the threat of COVID-19”, pointing to the studio’s intention to Production has been temporarily halted over the past few weeks. “I believe that’s part of the reason they confidently do so to allow the industry to operate at this time,” he said. Again, some people wonder if government officials may not ask next time and instead order a break across the industry. “They refused to take action up to this point, choosing to voluntarily shut down the request,” Sokoloski added: “But they have the option to change the instructions for the method of filming at any time. attempt To control the increase of COVID “