As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of life, it has had a colossal effect on the production of TV shows and the contractual obligations of the various parties involved. While the production of almost all motion pictures came to a screeching halt, many shows are beginning to resume their efforts to continue to create new content even with reduced resources. Popular TV shows such as “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “This Is Us", and “Grey’s Anatomy” have all adapted to the current circumstances in both their production efforts but also their storylines. Force majeure clauses, most commonly included in contracts using boilerplate language, have grabbed the attention of entertainment industry professionals unlike ever before.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on February 17, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Karetsky, Zachary, "Force Majeure and the Entertainment Industry During COVID-19" (2021). AELJ Blog. 266.