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How Has the Pandemic Affected Pilot Season?

The pandemic is stripping away Hollywood production norms.

In Hollywood, pilot season is when major networks decide which of the pilot scripts they’re purchased will be cast, shot, and given an order to series. Usually, these networks produce lots of pilots and then pick out the ones they think will do best with audiences. They also will hear a lot of pitches and buy future shows during this time. But the pandemic has turned everything upside down.

It costs so much to make a pilot thanks to COVID protocols that networks are not really taking chances. They’re only shooting shows they think have the highest chance to “go.” That means less money, fewer jobs, and a relatively huge gamble for networks, who might be unsatisfied with any of the shows they shoot.

“I don’t think any network is going to do more than four pilots on either side of the ball,” one industry insider told Deadline.

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Author: Jason Hellerman
This article comes from No Film School and can be read on the original site.

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