HOLLYWOOD - Looking at a pathway out of the pandemic for our local workforce, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell introduced policy today that creates a “Bringing Back Hollywood” Task Force, reports of best practices for on-location filming, and safety protocols for filming at city facilities once we ease into opening up sectors of the economy following the COVID-19 emergency orders.
There are three action items in the motion:
Requests FilmLA and the Office of Citywide Filming to prepare recommendations for forming a “Bringing Back Hollywood” Task Force composed of Industry experts, City Departments and, if possible, the County Department of Public Health, to report to the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts, and River Committee within 30 days.
Requests FilmLA to prepare a report of best practices for on-location filming that takes into consideration the culture of life on a film set, and the work habits that are embedded in the fabric of a “normal” day on set.
Directs FilmLA, with the assistance of the City’s General Services Department to prepare a report on how to design protocols to facilitate the use of city facilities for film locations that take into consideration the health, safety and welfare of not only the productions and their crews, but the city employees of the publicly owned buildings being utilized.
In response to the pandemic, Councilmember O’Farrell is working at every level of government to protect tenants and mortgage holders, assist small business owners, and help those in our signature entertainment industry get back to work in the safest environment possible.
"I want to ensure that all levels of our economy return to a sense of normalcy as quickly and safely as possible --especially our signature entertainment industry-- with all the necessary precautions to protect the health and wellbeing of our workforce. This pandemic has brought the entire industry to a halt, and we must prepare for a brisk, but refined and thoughtful plan to “Bringing Back Hollywood” once it is safe for productions to resume." -Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
The motion will be heard in the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts, and River Committee in the coming weeks.