Coronavirus Fears Shut Down CBS, WBTV, & Major Ontario Productions; New York Film Productions Halt

Mar 13, 2020

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UPDATE: All films and series produced by Berlanti Productions will also be shutting down.

All Ontario projects are set to be on pause until April.

PREVIOUSLY: Amid the COVID-19 disease outbreak, AT&T and CBS have decided to shut down all production from their television production arm. Ontario has decided to halt all major productions in the province. Meanwhile, New York is slowly ending all film production in the city.

All major Ontario television series and films will be shutting down production due to the coronavirus outbreak. Amongst the affected by this decision are AppleTV+’s ‘See,’ Disney’s ‘Nightmare Alley,’ Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Netflix’s ‘Sex/Life,’ and many more. New York has also decided to slowly shut down all movie productions.

CBS has also decided to shut down production on all their television series and movies. This will mostly affect their current Star Trek series and the future spin-offs (‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ ‘Star Trek: Section 31,’ ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and more). It is safe to say that production on ‘Clarice’ has been postponed.

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Meanwhile, AT&T just wrapped up a meeting regarding the COVID-19 disease. The multinational conglomerate has decided to shut down all productions under its Warner Bros. Television production arm. Not everything will shut down immediately though, some shows will continue production for a few days while others are already wrapping up production prematurely. While ‘Supergirl’ has until March 17th to end production, ‘Batwoman’ is set to wrap up production tonight. ‘The Flash’ has already prematurely finished production this morning.

It is currently unknown how this will affect television series set to start production in the future, such as Netflix’s ‘Sandman,’ The CW’s ‘Superman & Lois,’ ‘Green Arrow & The Canaries,’ and several other series. ‘Riverdale’ was the first of the WBTV series to shut down after a cast member joined a party where a coronavirus patient was located. A few series which are currently in pre-production have already been delayed, such as the third season of DC Universe’s ‘Titans.’ A select group of Warner Bros. employees are allowed to work remotely.

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