California to announce protocols to resume Hollywood production

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Hollywood may have a roadmap to resume production when California announces new protocols on May 25. Photo credit: Pixabay.

A new report from Ampere Analysis says the film and TV industry is set to lose $160 billion over the next five years because of the coronavirus shutdown. Facing such stark losses, the industry is desperate to resume production..  

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says on May 25, the state will offer protocols for how to resume filming. Newsom estimated 53 of the 58 counties will be able to meet the requirements to restart production, but Los Angeles County will likely not be among them because of the high rate of coronavirus-related deaths. 

Newsom’s announcement comes days after hosting a roundtable with industry leaders, including Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and director Ava DuVernay. 

In Georgia, producer Tyler Perry plans to resume filming in July. His roadmap is a 30-page document titled “Camp Quarantine.” All cast members will be tested in their hometowns 16 days before flying on one of Perry’s private jets to Atlanta, where they’ll be tested again. There will be additional safety measures, including sanitizing luggage, face masks for cast and crew, and social distancing. Once cast and crew  arrive, they won’t leave Perry’s “quarantine bubble” for 14 days. 

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