The Indian Films & TV Producers Council announced today in a press release that all producers on ongoing projects have been asked to immediately perform RT-PCR / antigen testing on the entire crew. Accordingly, the manufacturers carried out the tests and submitted the report. Of the 90 shows, the IFTPC has received confirmation that more than 9,000 tests have been carried out. Tests are repeated again after 15 days according to break the chain guidelines, although the IFTPC has insisted that antigen testing be done every week to increase safety.
Mr. JD Majethia, chairman of the TV & Web wing, said the broadcasters had graciously paid the cost of the test. He went on to say that all guidelines are being followed closely and that producers have been asked to bio-bubble the sets and post-production facilities for total safety. Mr Majethia explained that the work on the bio-bubble has already started and will bear fruit in a few days.
Mr Majethia hoped the government would not impose a lockdown on the industry in view of the industry’s tough measures. He went on to explain that the industry does a good job of continually producing entertaining shows that help people stay home and ease their stressful lives while keeping themselves entirely in the houses. He hoped that the government would treat industry as an essential service and its workers as front line workers.
The publication also thanked other stakeholders such as broadcasters, IMPPA, Producers Guild, WIFPA, IFTDA, FWICE and CINTAA for their own SOP and constant vigilance. IFTPC also thanked Dr. Amol Kolhe MP, Dr. Shashank Joshi and Aadesh Bandekar for their continued support and guidance. The press release also recognized Proactive Prime Minister Uddhav Thackrey and Health Minister Rajesh Tope for their genuine support to the M&E industry.