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COVID-19 Update

Last updated 07.00 - Monday, 25th May 2020

Pact and UK Broadcasters introduce new industry-wide guidance for producing TV safely.

Cross industry experts, including First Option have joined forces to introduce new industry wide guidelines for producing television safely in the weeks and months ahead.

ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and Pact have joined forces to introduce new industry wide guidelines for producing television safely in the weeks and months ahead. The guidelines are intended to enable a return to production for the television industry.

The guidance is strictly aligned the revised government advice on safe return to work and making the workplace COVID-secure. 

The guidance will develop over the coming months as lockdown is eased across the UK and hopefully, globally.

In, addition the UK Government welcomes the broadcasters' move to get the cameras rolling again and the new industry guidelines for safe TV production. The wellbeing of cast, crew and production teams remains absolute priority.

Industry Headlines

  • Pact and UK Broadcasters introduce new industry-wide guidance for producing TV safely. Link
  • Government welcomes the broadcasters' move to get the cameras rolling again. Link
  • Green light for soaps to return. Link

Managing COVID-19 Risks on Productions course

Our Managing COVID-19 Risks in Productions course is delivered over Zoom. 

The course is designed to provide productions with the risk management protocols and advice needed to inform a detailed and specific COVID-19 production risk assessment. 

A link to the course content, availability and bookings can be found here, or contact us for more information

First Option Support to Productions

Our latest COVID-19 Production Guidance can be found here 

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