Hundreds of thousands in the entertainment industry have lost their jobs. Virtually all live action filming in the state has stopped. But now Hollywood has a plan to resume production safely.
A task force composed of representatives from production companies and unions said on Monday that it is sending its preliminary recommendations to Gov. Gavin Newsom, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Newsom is set to unveil California's delayed guidelines on Tuesday.
The Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force's report is filled with ideas for health monitoring and testing: "Recommended options include electronic survey, manual screening and/or temperature spot-checks. Productions shall emphasize and reinforce to all cast and crew that working while sick with symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted."
The 22-page report also details how social distancing might work on a typically crowded film set. The guidelines were drafted by a committee organized by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and included medical experts and representatives of Hollywood's biggest guilds, including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and the Directors Guild of America.
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We invited Film LA to join us for our discussion but they declined, saying they wanted to hold off on comment until the L.A. County has issued its official guidelines.
Daniel Z. Uslan, M.D., co-chief infection prevention officer at UCLA Health and associate clinical professor of infectious diseases at UCLA; he was the medical consultant to the industry task force that developed the industry white paper on health and safety guidelines
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA, the union representing media artists; he is currently leading SAG-AFTRA’s “Safety and Reopen Initiative” and was part of the task force that developed the industry white paper on health and safety guidelines
Charles Rivkin, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association