Wrap PRO Special Report

How COVID Changed Hollywood

How the Stay-at-Home Orders Supercharged Streaming’s TV Takeover

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: “No one really cares that much anymore about the traditional bundle. It has already been written off for dead,” one analyst says


COVID Turned Hollywood Sets Into Doctors Offices, But When Will Those Masks Come Off?

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: “My guess is that we will see masks and other protocols in place until there is true herd immunity,” ICM’s Janet Carol Norton tells TheWrap


The (Live) Show Must Go On in Post-Pandemic World – But When?

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: “That energy between performer and audience is something that can’t be replicated,” Music Center President Rachel Moore says


COVID Killed Theaters’ 90-Day Exclusivity on New Movies – What Comes Next?

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: Even after the film industry gets back to normal, studios must decide how long movies will be exclusively in theaters


How Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Others Survived the Broadcast-From-Home Era

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: “We realized early on to just roll with it when mistakes happen,” Brian Teta, executive producer of ABC’s “The View,” says


Big Tech Got $3 Trillion Bigger During the Pandemic – and Became a Bigger Target

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: “Tech companies were already positioned for this growth,” Gerber Kawasaki’s Brett Sifling says


How the Pandemic Has Accelerated the Decimation of Local News Outlets

How COVID Changed Hollywood Special Report: More than 60 local newsrooms have shuttered since the start of the pandemic


A Timeline

Jan. 21, 2020: CDC confirms the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. 

March 4: James Bond film “No Time to Die” becomes the first major film to delay its release.

March 11: Tom Hanks tests positive for COVID-19 as World Health Organization officially declares the health crisis a pandemic. 

March 11: NBA suspends its season.

March 12: Broadway theaters shut down; TV networks cancel upfronts. 

March 15: AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas announce that they will close all of their movie theaters nationwide; other chains soon follow.

March 17: Stephen Colbert begins broadcasting “The Late Show” from his home.

March 19: California Gov. Gavin Newsom issues first statewide stay-at-home order.

March 20: Netflix releases true crime docuseries “Tiger King,” which draws 34 million viewers in its first 10 days.

March 23: Harvey Weinstein tests positive 12 days after being sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexual assault charges.

March 24: Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed to Summer 2021.

March 24: Four-time Tony winner Terence McNally dies from COVID complications, one of the first Hollywood notables the pandemic claims.

April 1: Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne singer and Emmy-winning “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” composer, died at age 52.

April 6: John Prine, revered folk and country songwriter, died of COVID at 73.

April 6: “Saturday Night Live” star Michael Che announces that his grandmother has died from COVID-19.

April 19: With no live sports to air, ESPN premieres the Michael Jordan docuseries “The Last Dance” almost two months early.

May 13: Los Angeles Philharmonic announces the Hollywood Bowl will be closed for the summer.

May 27: The U.S. surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 deaths.

June 21: The Cannes Film Festival, which canceled its traditional May event, holds a five-day virtual film market online. 

July 5: Tony-nominated Broadway star Nick Cordero dies of COVID at age 41.

July 11: Disney World partially reopens.

July 13: Jimmy Fallon becomes the first late night host to return to the studio — but without a live audience.

July 20: After six months of closures, theaters in China reopen — and the war film “The Eight Hundred” grosses $473 million.

July 23: Major League Baseball begins a shortened season.

July 30: The NBA resumes play in a bubble environment in Orlando

Sept. 3: Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19 during filming of “The Batman,” forcing production to pause for several weeks.

Sept. 4: “Tenet” becomes the first major blockbuster to open mid-pandemic — and grosses just $57 million in the U.S.

Sept. 20: Jimmy Kimmel hosts the least-watched Emmys ever — with winners accepting via Zoom.

Oct. 3: “SNL” premieres its 46th season under COVID safety protocols.

Oct. 23: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” which secretly resumed shooting in May, debuts on Amazon Prime.

Nov. 7: Joe Biden is declared the winner of the presidential election.

Dec. 3: Warner Bros. sets its entire 2021 slate of films to open simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

Jan. 28: Sundance Film Festival hosts a mostly virtual event

Feb. 22: The U.S. surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Feb. 28: The Golden Globes, delayed two months, hold a virtual ceremony.