‘2021 looks good’ for Illinois filming industry …

Chicago and Illinois officials gathered at an Englewood soundstage with “South Side” co-creator Bashir Salahuddin on Feb. 18 to announce 2019 had been a banner year for local filming with an estimated $560 million economic impact. A month later, the Chicago Film Office stopped issuing permits because of the coronavirus.

“We were stopped in our tracks from March until, effectively, August,” Illinois Film Office Director Peter Hawley said in a Tribune interview.

“In August, ‘Fargo’ came back. They had to finish the final couple of episodes of ‘Fargo,’ and that was our big trial balloon to see if we could do it safely and make it all work out. It sure enough did. But in that interim, we — the city and the state — worked very hard with the industry and our respective departments of public health on coming up with guidelines for safe shooting, safe production, safe practices. And that is actually, to me, one of the highlights of the year — of a rather down year — the hard work everyone did in making production work safely.”

The first hint of trouble came in early March, when it was reported that a crew member on Fox’s “NeXt” tested positive for the coronavirus. The TV drama was based at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, home also to Fox’s “Empire” and the NBC series “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.” The production shutdown meant the trio of NBC shows saw shortened seasons, and the team behind “Empire” didn’t film its intended series finale.

 


 

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

DEC 15, 2020  8:23 AM