Making TV shows during coronavirus is taking more time — and money


That was the main takeaway from a Hollywood Radio and Television Society panel Wednesday night, discussing the logistics of production during a pandemic. Participants estimated testing and other precautions are adding roughly 10% to production costs, and cited the need for "Covid-related contingencies" being incorporated into series budgets, said Erika Munro Kennerly, senior vice president and associate general counsel of Endeavor Content."Production is coming back. It's just going to take a little bit longer and cost a little bit more," said Scott Hervey, an entertainment attorney with Weintraub Tobin.Notably, of the four content producers who participated in the conversation, three said that someone on a program had come back with a positive test, although luckily, none had been exposed to enough fellow cast or crew to require a complete shutdown.At this point, the logistics favor so-called reality shows — which can "get up and running a lot faster," Kennerly said — but even those are being slowed down by the need to test and quarantine before shooting can begin.CBS' "Big Brother" returned on Aug. 5, and the network announced that the dating show "Love Island" will begin its second season later this month, now shot in notably landlocked Las Vegas. ABC's "The Bachelorette" is also resuming production, Variety reported."What you're asking those people to do is take a lot more time out of their regular life," ABC senior vice president of alternative series, specials and latenight programming Robert Mills said in reference to "The Bachelorette," and the need to test and quarantine prior to filming.While the panelists said most people are happy to be working after in some instances being idled for months, there is considerable anxiety associated with the process.Producers have also become more adept at working remotely and fiRead More – Source