I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but as the world has succumbed into a pandemic created by coronavirus (COVID-19), it would be interested to know what this means in view of pitching and developing movies and TV.
The below recent Variety piece addresses this palpable crisis Hollywood and the movie industry is facing currently, as productions are rapidly shutting down and people are sent home to work remotely.
As most of us know, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are currently under quarantine in Australia due to COVID-19. Yet they have already taken a far more human and brave stance to this pandemic than POTUS (President of the United States) and his government ever will.
As entertainment professionals, I personally feel it's wise and prudent to discuss this major crisis transparently, what this means for our personal and/or collective businesses. If cineplex chains are shutting their doors (as some of them already are) and film productions are cancelled, the writing is pretty much on the wall:
Many of us can write off 2020 (and in many cases, 2021 as well), alas.
In view of diminishing returns for us all, I'd also love to hear Richard "RB" Botto's and Jason Mirch's thoughts on all of this. Needless to say, I think it's about time to "blare the fog horn" ... pretty darn loudly, too.
I hope all you Stage32ers will act sensibly, avoid crowds and first and foremost: stay healthy.
Thanks for reading.
From Helsinki with Love --
your colleague Juhani Nurmi