Over the holiday weekend, the Los Angeles County Health Department requested that film, television, and music productions consider pausing work for a few weeks to avoid increasing the spread of COVID-19 as the pandemic surges again in California. In response, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has confirmed that most film and television productions are extending their traditional holiday hiatus into mid-January or later. Read More »
Hollywood unions and major studios have finally come to an agreement on the safety protocols for film and TV productions hoping to restart amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. After three and a half months of negotiations, the Hollywood coronavirus safety protocols were announced that would allow the industry to safely resume production.
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Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird may have trouble taking flight. The Songbird production has been hit by a “do not work” order from SAG-AFTRA, which is warning its members that they could be disciplined if they take an acting job on the film. The order comes a little more than a month after it was reported that Songbird filmmakers had screened their production plans by the guilds.
UPDATE: Since this story broke, SAG-AFTRA has rescinded the “do not work” order for Songbird. Union members are free to work on this production effective immediately. Our original story from July 3 follows below.
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