Some big broadcasters resume TV production work, others to follow soon
While Star Plus and Colors have started shooting, ZEEL is expected to do so in a week
After a long three months of standstill owing to the COVID-19 lockdown, production of television, films and OTT shows has finally begun, albeit by a select few and in a controlled environment with all safety measurements in place.
While some like Star Plus and Colors have resumed shooting, others are most likely to do so in a week’s time.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) has resumed production in several markets like Kannada and Kerala but not in Mumbai. According to sources close to the development, the network will finalise the decision this week and is likely to start production soon.
On the other hand, Star Plus resumes shooting from Friday (June 26) at Mumbai’s Film City for ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, one of its longest-running shows. Other shows from the broadcaster – ‘Yeh Jaadu Hai Jinn Ka’ and ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’ will begin shooting the day after.
Colors started TV shoots earlier this week for some of its shows in Palghar and Thane. The network resumed some work at Film City on Thursday while other channels will be doing so from today.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) issued an official statement earlier this week that the network has obtained all relevant government permissions to resume production for its television, film and OTT businesses in India.
The official statement reads, “The network is working closely with its production partners to ensure shoots resume in a controlled environment with strict compliance to all necessary government rules, regulations and safety protocols. At SPN, health, hygiene and sanitisation are taken very seriously, and the network is doing all that it can to ensure the safety of its cast, crew and production partners. Other than cast and crew members, visitors will not be allowed on the sets.”
Enterr10 Television's Hindi General Entertainment Channel, Dangal, has resumed shooting for 'Pyar Ki Luka Chuppi' and 'Devi Adi Parashakti' at Naigaon and Umbergaon respectively. Shoots have resumed in line with all guidelines.
Apart from ease in lockdown restrictions, the resumption of shootings was facilitated by an amicable resolution of outstanding issues by the Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) and Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE).
IFTPC has agreed to provide two sets of insurance coverage — Rs 25 lakh in case of death due to COVID-19 and Rs 2 lakh in case of hospitalization — uniformly across all hierarchy of the cast and crew. IFTPC has also assured that all precautions as per the government’s guidelines will be put in place to ensure utmost safety for the entire cast and crew.
It has also been decided that the period of credit for the cast and crew be reduced from the existing 90 days to 30 days, for at least the first three months. There will be mutually negotiated pay cuts without actors facing any sanctions, and continued dialogue with all parties for easing working conditions and to avoid delays for the resumption of shootings.
IFTPC has also acknowledged the contributions of CINTAA and FWICE for ‘showing exemplary understanding and maturity in the workers and the national interest’.
FWICE and the broadcasters have assured that ‘a new saga will unfold in every household soon’.
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