The state of California has new plans today for how churches and malls can begin to reopen from coronavirus lockdown, but not a peep from Governor Gavin Newsom this Memorial Day on his promised Film & TV production guidelines – at least not yet.
“This was prematurely announced with little buy-in from interested parties, so no surprise it didn’t happen as planned, is it?” snarled a top industry player on Monday of Gov. Newsom missing his own deadline of today.
First made public on May 20 in a teleconference on the latest episode of Newsom’s Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour, the “real time drafting guidelines” would lay out how the big screen and the small screen in the home of Hollywood could get back to work after all production came to a halt in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Complicating matters even more than the blindsiding that many studios, streamers, unions and agencies felt from the Governor’s outburst to the likes of Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, This Is Us’ Jon Huertas and others on the web event last week, is the fact that for all the hype the new plans wouldn’t actually pertain to L.A. County itself.