Awards

Jimmy Kimmel To Host The 72nd Emmy Awards

According to a recent story published by CNN, the 72nd Emmy Awards will take place on September 20, 2020 and air on ABC. On Tuesday, ABC stated that Jimmy Kimmel will serve as host the awards show for the third time, acknowledging in the announcement the fluid nature of this year’s plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kimmel will also serve as an executive producer of the Emmys. “I don’t […]

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TV Industry Publishes New Guidelines To Resume Filming

According to a recently published story by BBC, the TV industry has finally published a back-to-work blueprint issued by the UK’s biggest broadcasters this past Monday. The new guidelines were immediately adopted by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky to protect actors and crews during the coronavirus pandemic, who hope to start filming soaps – including EastEnders and Coronation Street – again in June. William Roache, who […]

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Industry-Wide White Paper Guidelines for Restarting Film & TV Production

The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee’s task force on the safe resumption of film and TV production expects to have the final draft of a White Paper completed in a week or two for delivery to government officials and public health authorities. According to a recently published story by Deadline, the document is still under review by the representatives of the major studios, unions and guilds. This joint collaborative effort will produce guidelines […]

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AMC Theatres Refuses to Play Universal Films After Trolls: World Tour

Last week, AMC Theatres announced that they will no longer be playing any of Universal Pictures’ films in response to the comments made by NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell regarding the on-demand success of Trolls: World Tour and what it means for the future of seeing movies  post-coronavirus pandemic. In a recent article published by the Hollywood Reporter, it is stated that earlier that day Universal had revealed that Trolls: World […]

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Tyler Perry’s Safety Plan for Reopening Atlanta Studio in June 2020

Writer-performer and studio owner Tyler Perry previously shut down all production on his original programming for film and TV shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a recently published article by Deadline, Perry plans to start production on multiple TV series in June at his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios with a strict protocol that involves testing and sequestering the shows’ cast and crew on the expansive lot. One 22-episode […]

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A Joint Letter to the Working Professionals in the Entertainment Industry

In a joint effort to show support during the coronavirus pandemic, representatives of the entertainment industry’s guilds and unions came together to send a message to the workforce in this industry. Earlier today, this letter was sent to assure them of their continued efforts to secure relief, financial support and other assistance for the working professionals. The representatives of the guilds and unions that collaborated together include DGA President Thomas […]

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MTV & Comedy Central Order Remotely Produced Lockdown Series

According to an article recently published by Variety, two remotely produced comedy series have been ordered by ViacomCBS Networks International brands MTV and Comedy Central. MTV International has greenlit Lockdown Laughs with Charlotte Crosby (working title), and Comedy Central International has commissioned short-form digital series Comedians in Quarantine. Lockdown Laughs with Charlotte Crosby is a 6 x 22′ order, and sees Crosby broadcast quarantine clips from her lockdown bunker in […]

Events

Cannes 2020 Film Festival Cancels Due To The Coronavirus

The annual Cannes Film Festival, which was to take place May 12-23, is hosted in the seaside resort town that is about 19 miles from Nice, where a case of the COVID-19 virus was first confirmed in late February. According to a recent article published by Vox, a statement from the organizers suggested several options were under consideration, including a delay until the end of June, or the beginning of […]

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Production Alert: All Shows Are Shut Down

We, Below the Line, are reporting that ALL shows’ production sets are shutting down immediately. Do not return to sets for tools or any personal belongings. Please contact your local Guild for more information. Editor’s note: We will update information as soon as it comes in. Please feel free to contact me for any information regarding the Entertainment Industry shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olivia Gleichauf [email protected]

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NAB Cancels 2020 Show Due To Coronavirus

According to a recent article by the LPTV Coalition, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) notified the show community of their decision to cancel the annual event after monitoring the coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks. NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith addressed the reasoning behind their recent decision in the letter below: Dear NAB Show community, In the interest of addressing the health […]