Unions and Studios Reach Safety Deal, Production Starts Soon

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Is Hollywood production really about to start back up again? It’s looking that way, yes.

Hollywood unions have reached an agreement with the major studios on safety protocols that would allow them to get back to work right away. Just 3 and a half months after the unions issued their “Safe Way Forward” guidelines, this agreement marks a collaboration between the studios and unions.

The agreement was signed by the Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Basic Crafts, and SAG-AFTRA with the Alliance Motion Picture and Television Producers.

“Guiding principles include strictly enforced testing regimens and safety protocols, a zone-based system, and diligent use of personal protective equipment,” the unions said. “The new measures will be implemented by employers in order to minimize the risk of transmission. To ensure workers’ livelihoods are not burdened with added uncertainty during the pandemic, the agreement also includes COVID-19 sick leave and quarantine pay.”

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