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Reduced Working Hours in Film and TV Model Garners Industry Support

The BBC and Film and TV Charity are among the organizations supporting a new model of reduced working hours in the industry.

Titled “Designing a blueprint for a shorter working day in film and scripted drama,” it has found that most respondents, including producers, writers, actors and crew, believe the long hours in production are “unsustainable” and causing many skilled workers to leave the industry, contributing to the crew shortage. The study – which looked at crew working 8-hour days as opposed to the standard ten – assessed the knock-on effects on costs and schedules. “I am one of the thousands of people who had to walk away from a career in TV and film after starting a family,” said Timewise co-founder Emma Stewart.

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