The way that media mogul Tyler Perry figured out how to reopen production at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta with his “Quarantine Bubble” COVID protocols was one of the earliest stories I wrote for Below the Line back in August.
That story seems to have reached its logical conclusion as enough of the crew at Tyler Perry Studios has now been vaccinated through a mass vaccination event held last Saturday, April 3. Vaccines were not mandatory and apparently 55% of his crew have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, in the case of last Saturday’s event, the Pfizer vaccine.
Tyler Perry was able to restart his television productions in mid-July by having all of his cast and crew sequestered through the entirety of the shoot and with regular testing of everyone involved. That quarantine bubble method will come to an end on Saturday, April 10, as reported by Deadline, after Perry set up a vaccination site at Grace Hospital and covered the costs of vaccinating 250 people on the crew as well as family and friends who hadn’t been vaccinated yet.
In the eight and a half months since reopening, Tyler Perry Studios has shot new seasons of BET‘s Sistas and The Oval, as well as All the Queen’s Men, Ruthless and Bruh for the BET+ streamer.
Although there were positive cases of COVID on checking in to the bubble, those individuals were quarantined so that there were delays or interruptions to any of the shoots. Strict COVID protocols will remain in place similar to other studios that have not gone the route of having a quarantine bubble aka social distancing, masks, zones depending on proximity to on-camera talent, etc.
Plans are to shoot eight seasons of various television series and two films in the first half of the year, including more episodes of All the Queen’s Men Season 1 and Ruthless Season 2.