Hollywood Surprised by California Governor’s Plan to Potentially Reopen Production Soon

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California Governor Gavin Newsom hosted a video call with leaders in the entertainment industry on restarting film production. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dominic Patten on May 20, 2020.

California Governor Gavin Newsom may see the state as mere days away from new guidelines to further open up from the coronavirus pandemic, but entertainment industry insiders are feeling broadsided by Wednesday’s announcement.

“WTF?” said one top cable executive to Newsom Wednesday announcning he would reveal plans on May 25 that could spur shuttered film and TV production back to work sooner rather than later. “Have they talked to the unions, because I don’t think that’s going to jive with them,” the exec added. …

While officially Hollywood studios, streamers, agencies and corner offices were pretty much a wall of no comment on the governor’s anticipated proposals, the almost universal response off the record was one of astonishment. Additionally, despite weeks of work here in the Southland on putting together industry guidelines, almost all of the well positioned individuals Deadline spoke with asserted they had no idea such an announcement was coming from the Northern California-based Newsom. …

Deadline Hollywood 5/20

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