Hollywood labor unions have reached a deal with major studios and networks that will allow movie and television production to resume after a six-month hiatus.
The agreement guarantees 10 days of paid sick leave to cast and crew members, who will also continue to be paid if their employer requires them to quarantine. It establishes a “zone system” that allows people with the highest risk of potential exposure to be tested more frequently, with actors who can’t wear masks or adhere to social distancing protocols getting tested at least three times a week.
The agreement was announced Monday by the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, in collaboration with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Some studios had already resumed filming shows and movies in the pandemic after reaching case-by-case deals with cast and crew, but Monday’s announcement clears the way for a much larger swath of the industry to return to work.
“The protocols pave the way for creative workers, who have been hard hit by the pandemic, to resume their crafts and livelihoods in workplaces redesigned around their health,” the unions said in a Monday news release.