Discovery Reviews Production Costs After Saving on Low-Budget Quarantine Shows

Wow: Discovery sent video kits out to cast members’ homes and saved $300K per hour in production costs!

The home video kit included:
1) Camera
2) iPhone
3) Tripods

FYI: Discovery spent $3.3B on content last year.

Quote from Gunnar Wiedenfels – CFO @ Discovery:
“We have been creating some very successful content with very scrappy equipment.  It felt the more real and authentic the content became during the crisis, the better it worked with our audience.”

Big question: When will non-remote film and television production be able to resume?

Quick answer: California is starting to open up, but most don’t expect much until late-July.

Scripted television projects by location according to FilmLA:
1) 
California – 72
2) 
New York – 29
3) 
British Columbia – 24
4) 
Georgia – 20
5) 
Other – 22

Domestic feature films by state according to Film LA:
1) California – 62
2) 
New York – 57
3) 
Georgia – 36
4) 
Massachusetts – 10
5) 
Illinois – 8
6) 
Louisiana – 8
7) 
Nevada – 7
8) 
New Mexico – 7
9) 
Other – 62

More #1: TV Execs, Writers Grapple With COVID-19 Era Scripts: “We’re Not Going to Be Able to Shoot It, So Don’t Write It”

More #2: Coronavirus Impact on Entertainment – Film and TV Production

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