Shootings of television can resume in Mumbai after the IFTPC (Indian Film and Television Producers Council), FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) and CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes' Association) resolved the outstanding issues into the matter. The IFTPC assured it would follow all the guidelines and precautionary measures issued by the Government for shootings.
Here is an important update by IFTPC and team on the resumption of shootings !!â INDIAN FILM TV PRODUCERS COUNCIL (@IftpcM) June 25, 2020
All TV shows to start shoot with @IftpcM @CintaaOfficial @fwicemum coming together
Thanks all Broadcasters for their support
Special mention to Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee and
Manisha Verma MD Film City pic.twitter.com/SowoxOTUfU
The IFTPC has also provided two sets of insurance to its members which include the death cover of Rs 25 lakh due to COVID-19 and hospitalisation coverage of Rs 2 lakh. The decision to reduce the credit period was also taken during the meeting from 90 days to 30 days for the first three months of shooting.
The production had stopped on March 17 due to the pandemic; however, the Maharashtra Government allowed the shooting to commence from May 31. Despite the nod from the Government, there were a few issues with the guidelines and precautionary measures. On June 23, the production was set to resume. However, it again hit a block when CINTAA and FWICE issued a statement stating the producers have not cleared the outstanding dues of actors and technicians.
During this meeting, a decision was also taken on âmutually negotiated pay cutsâ without the actors having to face any sanctions and eased working conditions without delays in the shoot. The three bodies also expressed gratitude towards the Maharashtra Government for its contribution. "In total solidarity and bonhomie, the stakeholders IFTPC, CINTAA, FWICE, and the Broadcasters announced that the shooting will begin immediately and a new saga will unfold in every household soon," the statement added.
Following this, Sony Pictures Networks India announced that it has obtained all relevant government permissions to resume production for its television, film and OTT businesses.
A press statement from the company said the network is working closely with its production partners to ensure shoots resume in a controlled environment with strict compliance to all necessary government rules, regulations and safety protocols. âOther than cast and crew members, visitors will not be allowed on the sets,â SPNI said.
The company said it would release full payments of the cast and crew within a 30-day time frame effective July 2020 uptil December 2020. Additionally, 100% of the proposed insurance cost for the cast and crew will be borne by SPN during the COVID pandemic.