The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has had a profound impact on many industries and the broadcast sector is no exception. Governments around the world have imposed various restrictions to try to limit the further spread of the virus, including strict rules around social distancing and travel, which have far-reaching implications for film and TV production.
The UK film and TV industry has responded by drawing up guidance documents to help film and TV programme makers return to production safely and to stay within wider Government guidelines.
We would like to remind members that these documents provide guidance only. Each production must be assessed on the basis of its own unique circumstances and appropriate protocols should be created for the production accordingly.
Broadcaster guidance (first published Monday 18th May 2020)
Pact, ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN, and the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) joined forces to introduce new industry wide guidelines for producing television safely in the weeks and months ahead.
The full guidance can be found here.
BFC high-end TV & film production guidance (first published Monday 1st June 2020)
The BFC document is intended to provide high-level guidance to manage COVID-19 specific risk in producing film and high-end TV drama in the UK. In the case of high-end TV drama productions, the BFC guidance should be considered alongside the broadcaster guidance above.
The BFC guidance document can be downloaded here.
UK Screen Alliance post-production guidance (first published Monday 1st June 2020)
The UK Screen Alliance has published guidance for safe working in visual effects and post-production during the pandemic. The guidance aims to provide a framework for post and VFX companies as they transition back to on-premises working with client attendance, whilst ensuring the safety of their employees, contractors, and clients (including producers).
The document can be downloaded here.
Pact Production Restart Bible
On Friday 5th June we published a Production Restart Bible for Pact members. The document provides members with the necessary contract wording, as UK production restarts, to address the impact of COVID-19 on production. It also sets out a checklist of key heath and safety policy/production protocol considerations that producers may wish to put in place, as well as draft health declaration wording.
The document can be downloaded from the Pact Resource Library here.
Should you have any queries relating to any of the industry guidance that has been published to date, please contact Pact’s legal and business affairs team by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All film and TV industry guidance should also be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government guidance. Productions based in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should additionally check for the relevant devolved Government guidance as it may differ. Pact has created briefing documents for members about the Government guidance and devolved Nations guidance which can be found here.
Support and opportunities
A number of UK broadcasters have announced new measures, including pots of funding, to support creative businesses and individuals during this time.
Take a look at our commissioning and development opportunities page for more information.