Coronavirus fears shut down major film productions in B.C., workers told to apply for EI

A growing number of film and television productions have shut down in the Vancouver area due to fears surrounding the novel coronavirus.

Warner Bros. Television said in a statement that it is halting production on “some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin” out of “an abundance of caution.”

“The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority,” the statement reads. “During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based.”

The statement did not mention which productions are affected or where they are based.

However, an email obtained by Global News that was sent to members of IATSE Local 891, the local union representing film and TV workers in B.C., said “approximately” 25 productions in the province were halting production.

Those productions include several run by Warner Bros., including The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman and the final season of Supernatural — all of which are CW shows that film in the Metro Vancouver area.

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