On March 23rd the UK government locked down the nation following other countries action across the globe to control the COVID 19 Pandemic. UK Broadcasters and Production Companies operating nationally and across the World had to make rapid decisions to ensure the safety of the teams, close down productions and get crews back to the safety of their homes.  Read more >>>

Leading the Way – Gogglebox achieves Frontline Status in Lockdown.

In an incredibly brave decision, Executive Producer, Tania Alexander, from Studio Lambert tasked her team to see if it was technically possible and safe to continue filming the series through the lockdown. The solutions and procedures put in place within 24Hrs enabled the award-winning show to continue to be filmed while the UK went into hard lockdown. Channel 4 had received full government support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for the continuation of its work commissioning and broadcasting public service programmes such as Gogglebox. The DCMS was encouraging such productions to continue, provided the production teams adhere to all recommended government guidance regarding COVID 19.

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“Financial Advice/ Support “ Q&A Andrew George – Breeze Associate

As the Industry closed and Production Companies and freelancers tried to interpret what financial support the government had on offer the SAB Network set up a Q & A Zoom conference call with an accountant firm to help its members and answer any questions.

Microbiologist Expert Q&A SAB Network talk to Experts for clarity and guidance

As part of the continued research and development from the SAB Network Members a Q & A conference call was set up with an expert Microbiologist Sean Derrig who gave valuable practical information to members specifically looking at filming and safe practice. An Expert in Microbiology and Infection control he gave a very clear look at the virus and implications suggesting safe practice and guidance clearing up some of the mixed messages in the general media.