Because of restrictions due to health and safety restrictions Netflix took a decision to halt all its scripted TV and film projects in the US and Canada for two weeks as told by an internal source to Business Insider. The news first was given on twitter by The New York Times’ Josh Koblin and The Wall Street Journal’ Joe Flint following the declaration made by the US President on March 13. 16th March Netflix started its two week stop.
Out of the many shows which had been stopped were Netflix’s flagship series, Stranger Things, which was in the filming phase for the fourth season, then there was upcoming show Sex/Life featuring Sarah Shahi. It was not limited to this as Ryan Murphy’s Netflix movie The Prom too had been shut down. These all were being produced by Netflix. In addition to this, there was this show named Lucifer, from Warner Bros. TV too was seen halting its production along with the suspension of production on Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, which also comes from an outside studio, Skydance.
Apart from these during that period, there were other shows on Netflix where productions and filming were being done outside of North America, like breakout new series The Witcher. The series was then preparing for a season two, was assessed on a case to case basis.
At that time Netflix had joined many entertainment companies shutting down productions due to pandemic. The impact of this shut down on entertainment projects was seen in about six weeks. The Witcher now has been reported to resume production on 17th August 2020.
As confirmed, Netflix has new plans to spend an extra excess 400 million dollars this year in creating more than 50 TV shows and films in the UK which were shut down in March as the coronavirus pandemic struck.
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