Television production adapted for Weather the Pandemic. Now what?
“Law & Order: SVU” appeared as a credit in the stage actors’ Playbill biographies for many years, but once Broadway closed it became an even more integral part of their work regime – in part because stealing in the stars was complicated by quarantine. rules, and in part through a conscious effort to help New York’s theater community.
“When it all stopped, we were all like, ‘What are we going to do? “Said Adriane Lenox, a Tony Award winner who played a judge on” SVU “just months after testing positive for the virus at the start of the pandemic. Ms Lenox, like many other actors, said she must have fallen out of work at some point and tried to make ends meet by looking for jobs like dog walking on websites like ZipRecruiter.
According to Warren Leight, her showrunner, she was one of more than 100 local performers who appeared on the show this year.
“I just made the call from the start: ‘Let’s make this year the year where the first group of actors we go to is the Broadway actors, the off-Broadway actors,” he said. declared. “It really seems like the right thing to do. From a logistics point of view, it is easier to hire locally. “
The effects of the pandemic were felt most intensely in cities like Los Angeles and New York, where, at least in a pre-pandemic period, about two-thirds of the country’s film, television and theater jobs were located. In New York, for example, officials estimated that employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry fell 66% from December 2019 to December 2020.
But there are signs of a rebound. By the end of last year, TV shooting days in Los Angeles were back to about 62% of what they had been in 2019, according to FilmLA, the official Los Angeles City and County film bureau. . After taking a hiatus during the winter as an epidemic plagued California, TV production in the city is approaching normal pre-pandemic levels, FilmLA reported last week, even as other sectors of the entertainment industry are lagging behind.