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On-Set Production Safety in a COVID World

For twenty years, we at Taillight have prided ourselves on leading the Nashville production community with safe working conditions on and off the set. Whether we were shooting in Los Angeles, Texas or Florida, safety has always been our top priority. Never did we think that all of our future productions would be faced with a completely new level of challenges to protect the artists, talent, crew, clients and the community around us.   As the nation looks to begin working again over the coming months, Taillight wants to ensure our crew and clients that you can count on us to do our part to create a safer working environment on all our productions, whether it be on location, in the studio or in the office.  It is our intent to return to production during the month of May as the state of Tennessee looks to reopen businesses. Taillight, along with its sister company, Porchlight, have established the following preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While no one can guarantee that they will not become infected with COVID-19, these procedures are intended to minimize risk and ensure a safe work environment as guided by OSHA and the CDC. 

  • Pre-Production meetings can be conducted virtually via Zoom or agency’s preferred service.

  • Production books will be delivered digitally.

  • All casting/call backs can be done virtually.

  • We will encourage all vendors to establish their own ‘Best Practices’ documentation and provide this to production.

  • Production will work with vendors to ensure all equipment is properly sanitized prior to its arrival on set.

  • Crew members may only be permitted to work if they have been illness free for over 72 hours per CDC guidelines.

  • Crew may be subject to an infrared temperature check upon arrival.

  • A designated Sanitary Supervisor will be on set to insure clean and safe conditions are maintained throughout the production.

  • Every person on set will be required to wash their hands upon arrival.

  • Portable hand washing/sanitizing stations will be provided.

  • Signs will be displayed throughout the location to remind crew to frequently wash their hands.

  • It is discouraged  to use other workers’ personal property, work tools and equipment, when possible. 

  • Use respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue and immediately dispose of it followed by thorough hand washing. If you are not able to use a tissue use your elbow to cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Clients and crew will be provided with state recommended PPE, which include masks and gloves.

  • To minimize the number of clients on set, we may utilize a “Virtual Video Village” via Zoom or agency’s preferred service

  • Every person on set will be required to sign a liability release.

  • Catering will provide individually prepared/boxed lunches.

  • Production will mark 6ft lines to encourage safe distancing in the lunch line.

  • Crew will break for lunch in increments to reduce crowding.

  • Craft Service will come in the form of pre-packaged snacks.

  • Talent arrives on set Hair and Make up ready.

If you or your team have any suggestions or questions on how to better minimize the risk we all face, please do not hesitate to share them with us. We look forward to working with everyone again. We’ve missed seeing the people that bring us joy and our beloved community. 


Tom Forrest, President of Taillight 


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