Producers Guild Sets New COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions

Guidelines dictate what to do if production needs to shut down, among other things

As productions begin to slowly ramp up in Hollywood, the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Production Safety Task Force has released new a set of safety guidelines titled “COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions.”

According to the PGA, the guidelines “include how to create a Production COVID-Safety Plan for individual productions, best processes for cast and crew management on set, efficient practices and processes for comprehensive testing, protocols for how to start and stop productions in the case of positive test results, and information on budgeting for new and necessary resources.”

A list of questions producers should ask themselves before beginning production in the areas of general safety, script/creative, filming location, on-location and insurance is also included.

In addition, a section is devoted to “red light” protocols, which are designed to guide producers “in the step-by-step process of determining if and when to shut down the production at any stage (pre-production, principal photography, post).”

The full list of guidelines is available on the Producer’s Guild website.

“The Production Safety Task Force has been a priority for us at the Guild and we’re grateful to Lori McCreary, the seasoned producers of the Task Force, and all of our many members who have contributed to this endeavor that will guide us into our next chapter,” PGA presidents Lucy Fisher and Gail Berman said. “As fellow producers, we all feel the need to get back to work while still making sure that our cast and crew are safe and protected. We hope that our guidelines will help make this new reality possible for independent producers and provide an accessible resource for the broader creative community.”

“There has never been a time where I’ve seen producers and the larger industry come together around an issue with such collaboration, endurance, purpose, and, as we all need right now, hope,” Lori McCreary, chairman of the Production Safety Task Force and CEO of Revelations Entertainment added. “Our colleagues and fellow PGA members, whose talent for telling stories and making sense of the world has been paused during the pandemic but never extinguished, are eager to return to doing what they love. I and the Task Force are honored that we have the opportunity to help pave the way to work safely while continuing to produce great content.”