Production of upcoming Netflix drama Clickbait has been suspended in Melbourne as a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The suspension is believed to be around 2 weeks at this stage.
The miniseries from NBCUniversal International Studios and Tony Ayres Productions includes an Australian and international cast, and may be impacted by the new 14 day self-isolation rule.
The cast includes Abraham Lim (The Catch), Jessica Collins (Revolution), Ian Meadows (Dead Lucky), Daniel Henshall (Okja), Motell Foster (Foxhole), Jaylin Fletcher (Snowpiercer) and Camaron Engels (Malibu Rescue), Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick, Ruby Sparks), Betty Gabriel (Get Out, Counterpart), Adrian Grenier (Entourage, Affairs of State) and Phoenix Raei (Stateless, The Heights).
The shutdown may well be a sign of things to come.
Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner has warned the pandemic will severely disrupt the screen industry.
“Productions employ thousands in teams; actors and crews need to be with each other to work. There is no remote opportunity for employment on physical production,” he said.
“Diagnosed cases will mean suspension, delays or terminations of productions. If one person on a shoot contracts the coronavirus, this may mean an automatic stand down of the production for at least 2 weeks. This could be repeated endlessly resulting in the termination of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of work.”
Clickbait producers will monitor the situation.