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Hollywood Gobsmacked By California Governorís Plan To Potentially Reopen Production Soon
Deadline ^ | May 20, 2020 | Dominic Patten

Posted on 05/25/2020 12:17:25 PM PDT by EdnaMode

California Gov. Gavin Newsom sees the state as mere days away from new guidelines to further open up from the coronavirus pandemic, but entertainment industry insiders are feeling broadsided by today’s announcement.

“WT [Expletive]?” said one top cable executive to Newsom today announcning he would reveal plans on May 25 that could spur shuttered film and TV production back to work sooner rather than later. “Have they talked to the unions, because I don’t think that’s going to jive with them,” the exec added.

“We’ll look at the guidelines when they come out on Monday,” a spokesperson for the WGA West told Deadline of the upcoming Memorial Day plan from the governor to enter the latest phase of reopening the Golden State’s battered economy.

At the forefront of constructing COVID-19 safety standards, SAG-AFRTA had a blunt “no comment” on today’s announcement by Newsom.

Other unions and the Industry-Wide Safety Committee did not respond to Deadline’s request for reaction to Newsom’s confusing news made during a video conference Wednesday. He was online with the likes of Netflix boss Ted Sarandos, Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, former Presidential candidate Tom Steyer, IATSE Local 80 member Danny Stephens, hair and make-up artist Stacey Morris, and This Is Us’ Jon Huertas in what was an often-circular conversation.

While officially Hollywood studios, streamers, agencies and corner offices were pretty much a wall of no comment on the governor’s anticipated proposals, the almost universal response off the record was one of astonishment. Additionally, despite weeks of work here in the Southland on putting together industry guidelines, almost all of the well positioned individuals Deadline spoke with asserted they had no idea such an announcement was coming from the Northern California-based Newsom

“We are over a month away at least from reopening sets,” said a seasoned producer with shows on both streamers and broadcasters. “I don’t care what Newsom says, I’m looking at July, at the earliest, to make sure everything is safe for my people.”

“There is no way we’re ready yet,” said a top agency executive who has been deep in the weeds on developing new safety polices for the industry. “There are too many cases here, too many deaths and too many unknowns. They can’t even get corner stores to stick with the rules of reopening, so sets and studio lots are a long way from being safe. A lot of change is going to be needed.”

Another industry player called Newsom’s guidelines and schedule “crazy.”

Since Hollywood shut its doors and sets in mid-March, hundreds of thousands of industry workers have been waiting for guidance about when they can get back to work and start seeing some money in their bank accounts. From the Industry-Wide Safety Committee featuring several agencies and companies, to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s entertainment industry COVID-19 task force to individual studios and production companies, efforts have been ongoing to put together safety-first protocols and procedures for sets and other workplaces.

Still, deaths and COVID-19 cases in the home of Hollywood and surrounding LA County continue to rise, with 1,324 new confirmed cases and 57 new fatalities announced Wednesday. That brings the total cases and deaths in the region to 40,850 and 1,970, respectively.

Newsom noted that fact after announcing his forthcoming guidelines.

“It remains a challenging part of the state for us still,” Newsom admitted of L.A. on the video conference, which showed the latest installment of his Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour with industry reps. “We are concerned it is a few weeks behind potentially everybody else,” he added on the Zoom call, throwing cold water on the fire that surged with his proclamation that production could start up as early as next week.

In fact, despite his big news, Newsom’s chief of staff Ann O’Leary said the still-deadly situation in L.A. is “the biggest hurdle” to Hollywood reopening anytime soon.

Working with the likes of Universal chair Donna Langley, county officials are looking at putting together plans for a step-by-step process that could begin by Independence Day. After almost two months under essentially shelter-in-place orders to halt the spread of the coronavirus, state, regional and city officials began loosening the restrictions on retailers and public spaces last week. While the Bay Area has largely rejected the phased reopening schemes, LA the city and the county have followed Newsom’s lead for the most part – that looks not to be the case here.

Garcetti is set to give his daily COVID-19 briefing soon tonight …guess what will likely be on the agenda?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Local News; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: ca; california; coronavirus; covid19; film; gavinnewsom; hollywood; la; losangeles; movies; newsom; television; tv
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Hollywood is determined to go out of business.
1 posted on 05/25/2020 12:17:25 PM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: EdnaMode

The one time Newsom has the right idea, and wants to open asap. Now that industry is ‘baffled and complaining’?
It’s the exact opposite story with schools, gyms and most restaurants. They are ready since two weeks ago.


2 posted on 05/25/2020 12:19:40 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Union bosses have to be paid off first. That’s all this is.


3 posted on 05/25/2020 12:22:05 PM PDT by abb
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To: EdnaMode

They’re not gobsmacked - they want to keep things shut down until after the election to maintain the fiction and fear.


4 posted on 05/25/2020 12:22:41 PM PDT by Skywise
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To: lee martell
“Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay...”

Now that she can't screw up TCM’s “The Essentials” anymore, she should be eager to find something else to mess up...

5 posted on 05/25/2020 12:23:23 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: EdnaMode

They want to stay closed until November aka election time


6 posted on 05/25/2020 12:24:19 PM PDT by Pollard (whatever)
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To: EdnaMode

Actors dislike sudden script changes, and they’re worried that the whole narrative is being rewritten. Lots of new lines to learn and old ones to unlearn.


7 posted on 05/25/2020 12:25:15 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy (;-,)
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To: EdnaMode

Hollywood is making bank on product that has already been completed. A century of movies and songs.

LAST YEAR the major labels were making something like $18,000,000 a week just from streaming music (82% of music industry revenue comes from streaming, the other 17% is sale of physical or digital download product).

I’d think that revenues have only gone up up up with the world held hostage. Talk about a captive audience. And no competition from sports on tv or other live events.


8 posted on 05/25/2020 12:25:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Joe Biden- "First thing I'd do is repeal those Trump tax cuts." (May 4th, 2019))
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To: EdnaMode

I’d encourage them to do that. Every film they make now is just adolescent cussing and...well, then I shut it off. I outgrew cussing for the fun of it in 4th grade.

There are plenty of great old films, and if a streaming service could be founded featuring only films in the public domain due to copyright expiration, I’d go for it.


9 posted on 05/25/2020 12:28:14 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: EdnaMode

I just heard Broadway will not reopen until 2021. They are insane.


10 posted on 05/25/2020 12:28:30 PM PDT by Hildy (Don't get bitter, get better.)
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To: EdnaMode

Yes, I’m stunned that Newsom was actually sensible about something, but what the heck...these people don’t want to work?

I notice “the unions” were mentioned. The unions appear never to want their workers to go back to work either. Why do they think people are going to keep on paying dues if the unions have killed their jobs?


11 posted on 05/25/2020 12:29:27 PM PDT by livius
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To: Pollard

Yup. A lot of shows aren’t coming back until January. Filming will likely start November.


12 posted on 05/25/2020 12:29:45 PM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: Hildy

Wow that’s crazy.


13 posted on 05/25/2020 12:30:41 PM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: Pollard

There must be some hate film about conservatives that they want released this fall.


14 posted on 05/25/2020 12:31:31 PM PDT by cnsmom
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To: EdnaMode; All

It’s sometimes difficult for bully Democratic politicians to show ordinary, freedom-loving citizens who is “boss” by limiting basic constitutional freedoms. So Democrats are easing restrictions to at least give the impression that they are still in charge imo.

Think of it a leading from the rear.

Send “Orange Man Bad” federal and state government Democrats and RINOs home in November!

Supporting PDJT with a new patriot Congress and state government leaders that will promise to fully support his already excellent work for MAGA and stopping SARS-CoV-2 will effectively give fast-working Trump a “third term” in office imo.


15 posted on 05/25/2020 12:37:13 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: EdnaMode
TAX $$$.

Gotta cover funding those checks to the illegal aliens.

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16 posted on 05/25/2020 12:37:18 PM PDT by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: EdnaMode
“I don’t care what Newsom says, I’m looking at July, at the earliest, to make sure everything is safe for my people.”

I think they should wait at least a year or two, just to be on the safe side. Who needs their filth and garbage anyway?

17 posted on 05/25/2020 1:04:19 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: EdnaMode
Hollywood is determined to go out of business.

Works for me.

18 posted on 05/25/2020 1:11:09 PM PDT by mewzilla (Break out the mustard seeds.)
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To: lee martell

Good.

I’m still sitting here waiting for the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, dammit!


19 posted on 05/25/2020 1:12:58 PM PDT by Salamander (Flying Colours....)
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To: EdnaMode

Working with the likes of Universal chair Donna Langley, county officials are looking at putting together plans for a step-by-step process that could begin by Independence Day.

Just in time for another shutdown...


20 posted on 05/25/2020 1:21:41 PM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://youtu.be/wH-pk2vZG2M)
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