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California Governor Newsom Says Film Production Could Restart Next Week

Could production come back in June? Gavin Newsom thinks so.

The biggest question going around in Hollywood is when things can start again amid the coronavirus outbreak. With so much up in the air and so many people out of work, things are getting desperate. Many people I know are relying on unemployment to pay the bills, but given that a lot of Hollywood people are 1099 employees, that unemployment didn’t extend to a lot of us.

Directors like Steven Soderbergh have been trying to help the DGA come up with a safe return plan, but without consistent testing, tracing, and regulations, it has been a free for all.

That’s why I was so surprised to hear that Gavin Newsom, governor of California, said production could start as soon as next week.

Newsom recently held a Zoom roundtable with director Ava DuVernay, hairstylist Stacey Morris, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, actor and producer Jon Huertas, and key grip Danny Stephens to get unique perspectives on how they think Hollywood can return.

You can watch the whole conversation below.

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