With the coronavirus continuing to impact the world we have seen all our current entertainment for the post part come to a halt. Production on so many series and films have been put on pause. Also all sports have been suspended or cancelled until further notice.
But there is one series that already had a plan in case they had to work from home. It should come as no surprise that AMC’s The Walking Dead was ready in case they had to work remotely according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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They spoke with Angela Kang, showrunner and executive producer on the series, about the at home conditions that have been set. “We’re well set up to work remotely,” Kang said. “I’m a tech head. We do video conferences regularly. On a normal basis, I’m very stringent about, ‘If you’re sick, don’t come into the office.’ The other day, I was on the phone and in meetings from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., all day straight. I did Skype, I did FaceTime, I did Zoom, I did remote reviewing of VFX. We are very well set up to work remotely. That’s been fine for us.”
This is nothing new for the production and writing team of The Walking Dead. The protocols had been in place for a long time. If any one is sick they just call in to the meeting. Thanks to this already being a common practice they will continue to work on the series. “Today, nobody is going to be at the office. The room will continue to run. We’re doing it by conference call and we’re doing it by video conference. Everything will continue to run, but on a remote basis,” said Kang.
“We use Zoom,” she adds. “This is how we conference with Georgia when we’re in production. I like the face-to-face of it. We’ve done this for many years. Even when we’re not in a pandemic, any time anyone is sick, they just call into the room and it’s not a big deal. We’re very used to doing this.”
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Right now The Walking Dead takes place about ten years after the initial viral outbreak that saw the rise of the walkers. Currently the tenth season of the series has five episodes left. With that said the writing team is already hard at work for season eleven.
Luckily for them, they are currently not in production. But there are still had been active crew members on the grounds in Georgia. For now Kang said that they are currently not impacted. With that said, that could all change depending on the length of restrictions the government sets for the US population. Something that she said is up to the heads at AMC.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter