Covid-19


UK TV productions no longer exempt from Covid travel restrictions

TV and film productions are no longer exempt from UK Covid-related travel restrictions, meaning that cast and crew travelling to Britain will now have to self-isolate for 10 days. The job category was one of several removed in the latest update to the UK’s exemption list in the early hours of Monday morning. As well […]

UK production to continue despite lockdown

TV and film production in the UK can continue despite the country’s latest nationwide lockdown, it has been confirmed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night announced that England would join Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in lockdown as Covid-19 infections continue to spiral in the country and millions have now been told to stay at […]

Marblemedia CEO Mark Bishop on turning lemons into lemonade in 2020

Mark Bishop, co-CEO of Toronto-based indie Marblemedia, says that the unprecedented challenges of the past year have left Canadian indies well-placed as they head into 2021. This time last year, nobody could have predicted how much the world would change, and how much TV production would be impacted as a result of Covid-19. As 2020 […]

Amazon donates €1m to Italian Covid-19 fund to support entertainment biz

Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Studios have pledged €1million to help support the Italian entertainment industry though the Covid-19 pandemic. The donation is being made to Scena Unita, an emergency fund created by a group of Italian artists and celebrities, including actor Carlo Verdone and rapper Achille Lauro, with the support of Amazon Prime Video […]

How Dutch producers welcomed audiences for ‘The Hit List’

In the concluding part of this two-part series, Vincent ter Voert, CEO at Dutch producer Vincent TV, tells TBI how his company produced a Covid-safe version of The Hit List in the Netherlands, complete with an audience. To compare how the Keshet International-distributed format was produced in the UK, check out yesterday’s column from Karen […]

UK’s Channel 4 asks ‘Is Covid Racist?’ in new doc

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned STV Studios to produce a documentary exploring why Covid-19 has killed a higher number of people of colour among Britain’s frontline National Health Service (NHS) workers. The 1 x 60-minute programme with the working title of Is Covid Racist? is authored and presented by Dr Ronx, an A&E doctor […]

Covid halts production on Oz’s ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘Millionaire’s Hot Seat’

Production on two Australian entertainment shows, Network 10’s The Masked Singer and Nine Network’s Millionaire’s Hot Seat, has been halted due to confirmed Coronavirus cases on set. Both shows were filming in different parts of the Docklands Studio in Melbourne, Victoria, though they do share some facilities. Production on The Masked Singer closed down on […]

‘Masked Singer’ among UK shows returning with live audience

The Masked Singer UK is set to return to production on its second season next month, becoming one of the first British shows to feature a live studio audience since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is reported that the Argonon-backed Bandicoot TV-produced series, which is broadcast by ITV, will be filmed over eight […]

Amazon launches Covid-19 fund to support European screen industry

Amazon Studios and Amazon Prime Video have pledged $6m to support the European TV and film production industry’s creative community through the Covid-19 pandemic. Donations will be made to Covid-19 relief funds in countries across Europe that support the creative sector, with the first confirmed awards including £1m ($1.27m) to the UK’s Film and TV […]

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