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TV and film shoots resume in Mumbai

After the stakeholders - IFTPC, FWICE and CINTAA - reached a consensus Wednesday, Sony Pictures Networks India announces it will soon start production for its television, film and OTT businesses

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.

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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 ‘mutually negotiated pay cuts’ 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. “Other than cast and crew members, visitors will not be allowed on the sets,” 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.

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