The coronavirus is an issue that none of us could have foreseen at this time last year, but it’s a reality that we’ll be dealing with for years to come. This is an issue that has altered the course of several industries, and television is no different.
The production process has had to change to accommodate for COVID-19 and the new social distancing requirements.
Here’s how the coronavirus outbreak has changed television production for the foreseeable future.
1. Sports are Being Shot in Far More Controlled Environments
Perhaps the first and most noticeable change in television production happened with sporting events. When the NBA postponed their season in March, it signaled to the rest of the country just how serious the virus situation was.
Since then, we’ve been watching sporting events in incredibly controlled environments, like empty arenas, production studios, and even creative places like a boxing promoter’s backyard or a city’s downtown area.
It still appears like the NFL season will go on without a hitch, so those getting ready should start getting their antenna repairs and Sunday Ticket subscriptions ready.
Fans are having to adapt to these changes, and production companies are doing their best. In Major League Baseball, cardboard cutouts have replaced the fans in seats. The NBA broadcasts its courtside season ticket holders live during the game via webcast.
It’s still an adjustment to not have fans for some moments that would otherwise be raucous.
Errol Spence and Danny Garcia are set to square off in November, making it one of the biggest boxing matches of the year. Broadcasting this fight with no fans will be quite the adjustment.
2. Writer’s Rooms Are Currently Happening Via Zoom
Programming on cable and streaming services are at all-time highs in terms of viewership and quality. While Hollywood is in a bit of a holding pattern, new shows are still in production.
Writer’s rooms are taking place via Zoom to adhere to social distancing standards. It’ll be interesting to see how the creative and collaborative process holds up when creatives aren’t in the room together.
3.Lower Budget Programming With Social Distancing Measures is Happening
Production companies are continuously looking for new and different ideas for programming that adheres to social distancing. For instance, talk shows are now being conducted via Zoom and other methods.
Several shows have changed their formats entirely to accommodate for these changes. Expect to see more animation coming out in the coming years to account for the fact that it might not be safe for people to routinely be in the same room together in large numbers.
Assess the Changes to Television Production in Light of COVID-19
These points illustrate how television production has changed in light of the coronavirus. We’re all adjusting at the moment. It’s important to look into these issues as answers emerge.
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