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    This is how coronavirus has changed the film and TV industry around the world

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2:31 pm

    • Australian soap Neighbours restarts production, with social distancing to protect cast and crew.
    • Cinemas closed around the world; revenues could fall by $17 billion by May.
    • Netflix and the straight-to-digital release of Trolls: World Tour have benefited.
    • When cinemas open, social distancing and hygiene measures will be needed.

    As countries begin to ease lockdown measures put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve, film and TV studios are working out how to get back to the business of show.

    In Australia, production is resuming on long-running soap opera Neighbours
    – with the cast social distancing on set and special camera angles to make characters appear closer together.

    The ‘new normal’ will include having no more than 100 people in any area of filming per day; no intimate scenes; the male actors won’t wear make-up, and there will be a nurse on set, Chris Oliver-Taylor, the chief executive of the show’s production company Fremantle Australia, told ABC News.

    “We’re going to assume if someone does get sick we don’t need to shut the entire shoot – we just close that group and carry on.

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