TV and Film Production to Resume This Week, Guidelines Released

There is one indispensable ingredient for any home theater, living room TV set up, tablet, smart phone, whatever it is you use to consume entertainment: Content. Without new content, we are stuck in a world of reruns and old movies. The good news is the California moratorium on TV and movie production that was caused by COVID-19 will end this week.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that productions may resume on Friday, June 12. While it remains to be seen how many productions resume immediately, the state is leaving the details regarding work/health guidelines to the entertainment industry to decide. This leniency is in contrast to extensive guidelines issued for casinos as well as schools and daycare centers.

Just because the state is largely staying out of regulating the entertainment industry does not mean that there will be major changes. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, buffet style meals for crew will be eliminated and handheld props will get a sanitizing wipedown between each use

The three-month duration of the production shutdown is sure to create a gap in TV and movie releases. Nevertheless, with this news we can all look forward to the pleasures of consuming new content.

UPDATE

A new White Paper with proposed health and safety guidelines for motion picture, television and streaming productions while COVID-19 remains a concern, has been published by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force. Here is a direct link to the PDF.

UPDATE 2

It appears that CGI will be used for sex scenes!