Covid outbreaks hit movie studios and TV production hard in LA County – Deadline

Covid outbreaks hit movie studios and TV production hard in LA County – Deadline

Over the past few months, the entertainment industry has been one of the hardest-hit — if not THE hardest-hit — sectors in Los Angeles, consistently recording the highest number of Covid outbreaks in the county.

Now, as studios set return-to-work dates for employees, at least three batches are seeing significant outbreaks, with other clusters at a studio headquarters, a television production, a production facility and a hall. show. In total, they represent about 18% of the total non-medical outbreaks currently recorded at businesses in the county, officials said.

The good news is that this percentage is actually down from last month, when the entertainment industry accounted for 20% of outbreaks. The bad news is that the total number of infections it represents is much higher. In fact, there were 108 clusters at all job sites last week and this week the total rose to 140, according to county data.

Case numbers are on the rise across all areas in Los Angeles, with an average daily infection count of around 2,400 today, according to a briefing from the county public health department. There has been a 20% increase in this metric over the past week, remarkable for a number averaged over seven days to smooth out temporary fluctuations.

At the top of the list of showbiz-related outbreaks is Lionsgate. Its Santa Monica headquarters shows a tally of 21 cases this week. That puts him second in the county in terms of employees infected, behind a manufacturer of motor homes and recreational vehicles in Lancaster. At the end of last month, Lionsgate had a cluster of 6 infections.

A source familiar with the situation told Deadline that 12 of those 21 cases at Lionsgate involved employees returning from CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The company would have mandatory vaccination for employees and require face masks in the office if there are active cases.

In a weekly briefing on Los Angeles County’s Covid status last month, Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer noted that if the entertainment industry’s total is higher than other sectors, it may be -be because film and television productions do something good, not something bad.

“This may be due to a general increase in cases as we’ve seen in the community as well as the comprehensive testing protocols this industry maintains,” Ferrer noted.

Sony, which has been on the county list several times during the pandemic, is one of many affected by recent outbreaks. In August 2021, Sony saw a cluster of three cases. Last month there were three separate outbreaks on the ground, for a total of 15 infections. This week, the Culver City studio reported two clusters, for a total of nine cases.

The county’s current outbreak list contains an entry for Fox Entertainment – Television Production with five recorded cases. In January, Fox saw more than a dozen infections at its Fox Sports and Fox Sports Deportes units in West LA.

See the full list of current and registered entertainment industry Covid clusters below.

Burbank Studios 5 cases

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 9 cases

Fox Entertainment – ​​Television Production 5 cases

Lionsgate Entertainment 21 cases

Sony Pictures Studios – Step 24 4 cases

Sony Pictures Studios – Bowtruss Bldg. 5 cases

Universal Studios Hollywood – Lot Bldg. 4407 3 cases

Universal Studios Hollywood – Bundle P526 Trailer 5 cases

Warner Bros Studios. – Building 128 5 cases

Warner Bros. Studios – Stages 27 and 29 5 cases

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