Productions across the UK are being put on hold for the foreseeable future.
Some are pressing on without insurance and others are postponed, leaving small indies confused about what they should be doing on a day-to-day basis during this time of extreme uncertainty.
Misinformation is rife and each production is being viewed on a case-by-case basis but there are a few ways by which small producers can mitigate the damage, and I have been advising them as such.
A speedy and solid coronavirus action plan is essential. Consider all eventualities and how far they could escalate.
Derek Drennan, the former Head of Production at Lime Pictures and Wise Owl Films in Leeds, has set up a new operation.
He explained that Nest Productions has been established to help small indies across the country grow:
“[It’s] like having your very own Head of Production just with without the big expense” as The Nest works on an ad hoc, retainer basis or profit share. The Nest bring in strengths and experiences from all genres in TV so can turn its hand to anything,” he said.
It offers initial start-up help, project management, budgeting, brokering deals with broadcasts and overseeing and advising on productions.