Large players, including The Walt Disney, Netflix, and Warner Bros., have made a serious investment in production in Great Britain. Last year, Disney signed a long-term lease with Pinewood Studios near London, while Netflix started
to organize its own production hub with 14 sound studios, workshops, and offices in Shepperton Studios. Warner Bros. has its own studios in Leavesden that were also frozen due to the pandemic.
Hundreds of people are out of jobs: some media companies survive, while some have already gone bankrupt. On the one hand, the protracted lockdown stimulates the creative boom in the production sector, as the industry renews its processes slowly, and the demand for content increases.
"Streaming services are screaming out for content," Larmour said
. "We're very lucky in the UK and Europe in many ways because it's a very attractive place to shoot."
The Czech Republic is one of the first countries that renews film production after the international lockdown. Local industries plan to set in motion television programs and the filmings that had to be paused during the crisis.
For instance, Amazon Studios has two main projects that are prepared to start filming in the Czech Republic: the new season of Carnival Row (starring Orlando Bloom) and the upcoming fantasy TV show The Wheel of Time based on Robert Jordan's bestselling novels. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was also filmed in Prague when the pandemic swept Europe.