Heightened rules around travel and crowds announced today will impact further on Television production, already at a fragile state around the country.
The government has instructed Australians not to travel overseas.
This will immediately impact (but not limited to) the following:
Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery,
A Current Affair,
Love Island Australia,
Travel Guides (2021)
Married at First Sight (2021)
10 News First,
Eurovision Song Contest,
Who Do You Think You Are?,
Every Family Has A Secret ,
Tour de France
Wentworth Con (
Chicago / New Jersey)
There is a ban on more than 100 people indoors, however workplace arrangements may continue. While no studio audiences are proceeding, normal television production can continue with crews & talent. However as we’ve seen in recent days there are no guarantees any production underway or commencing will be completed on time.
Further, the rule on handshaking, hugging and social distancing will likely impact on numerous shows -including Drama and Reality: The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, The Block, Neighbours, Wentworth, The Amazing Race Australia, Harrow, Home and Away, Five Bedrooms, RFDS, Back to the Rafters, The Secrets She Keeps, The Bureau of Magical Things, With Intent and more…
It is clear that large numbers of working Australians in the sector will lose work and livelihood as a result of an evolving situation. ilostmygig.net.au is estimating 380,000 people affected in the Entertainment sector.
One crew member told me, “I feel like the whole TV industry is only just seeing the tip of then iceberg and there’s a lot of people, especially given we are a huge freelance industry, really starting to worry about what the next few months will bring. Unlike some people who are full time at a network, most production crew, (and I’m talking from a drama production perspective), can not work from home and if we shut down or go into hiatus, not one knows when our next jobs will happen. And if we don’t work we don’t earn, so the level of uncertainty is very high amongst the whole freelance industry.”
This is also a good time to remind readers of the expectation for respectful comments on TV Tonight. While humour is useful in times of crisis, please be considerate and remember there are hard-working Aussies on all of these shows, whether such shows are to your personal taste or not.
I also note that many readers are looking to Television for entertainment and escapism at this time, with feedback that there is a news overload on screens. It reminds me to keep a balance of stories here too (especially as we look for more binge titles) as we work through this News phase.
Meanwhile there are many shows that have completed production and will continue to roll out across our screens in coming weeks and months.
They include Travel Guides, Lego Masters, Between Two Worlds, Bachelor in Paradise, Rosehaven, Hungry Ghosts, Celebrity Name Game, Farmer Wants a Wife, Hard Quiz etc.
We all share a passion for TV. It’s why we’re here. Now is the time to support those who make it for you.
Wentworth to halt filming from Monday March 23.
The Block will continue for now.