Coronavirus is changing the way we look at and handle pilot and staffing season. And I don’t think we will ever go back to the old way.
We are living through one of the largest seismic shifts in the film industry. Everything is changing—especially pilot and staffing season.
The spring months of the year are usually reserved for cable and network deciding which shows they want to try out in the fall. They buy scripts, cast actors, and shoot pilots, picking the ones they think have the best chance of being breakout hits in the coming year.
But all that changed when Hollywood shut down production due to COVID-19.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Pilot season, which typically runs from late February to early May, injects an estimated $500 million in annual spending into the entertainment economy, which also boosts small firms such as prop houses and catering firms that provide support.”
What happens when all that goes away?
How can networks prepare new shows for the fall when production has halted all over the world?