Hollywood’s 4 Biggest Questions to Get Production Back to Normal

Jeremy Fuster
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After months of operating under detailed COVID-19 safety protocols, Hollywood is looking forward to the end of the pandemic. But the road to recovery in film and TV production looks to be far from imminent — and new issues have cropped up even as vaccinations are quickening and new infections declining. Since September, film and TV productions have operated under protocols agreed upon by guilds, studios and health officials that were developed by guild committees and presented last summer as the “Safe Way Forward” initiative. With the exception of a month-long pause in L.A.-area production as new infections spiked in January, those protocols have allowed the industry to continue or resume work even as other businesses like retail stores and restaurants were shut down in California and other parts of the country. But with permit requests for on-location shoots in Los Angeles still at a fraction of those submitted in 2019, it’s clear that business as usual will not return until the vaccination campaign is completed — and new restrictions on crew members, like double-masking, may be necessary for productions hoping to start up in the coming months. Representatives at major Hollywood guilds, including IATSE, DGA and SAG-AFTRA, declined to...

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