Film & TV Production can Resume June 12 in California


California Governor Gavin  Newsom
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The state of California on Friday gave its blessing for film and TV production to resume on June 12, subject to approval from county public health authorities.

The state Department of Public Health also issued extensive guidelines for schools, day care facilities, and casinos. But it put out just a single paragraph on music, film and TV production, essentially punting detailed rules to local health officials and to labor-management negotiation.

Production has been completely halted since early March, and it remains uncertain when it will actually restart. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers drafted a 22-page “white paper” on the topic, and submitted it on Monday for approval to officials in New York, California and Los Angeles County.

But union officials have said that job-by-job protocols remain to be worked out. The industry report called for regular testing of crew members, six-foot physical distancing, and widespread use of face coverings. Industry sources have projected that the new protocols could increase production costs by as much as 20%.

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