Warner Bros sets up whistle-blower system for reporting coronavirus rule-breaking on movie sets

Ben Arnold
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A clapperboard is clicked as filming continues in Glasgow for a new movie for the Batman superhero franchise. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A clapperboard is clicked as filming continues in Glasgow for a new movie for the Batman superhero franchise. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Warner Bros studio has set up an anonymous system to allow cast and crew-members on movie sets to report instances where coronavirus safety precautions are not being adhered to.

According to Deadline, the system, which is being set up for shoots in Europe, will mean that those working on movies can directly inform management of rule breaking.

Read more: Movie production to recommence in the UK post-lockdown

The measure was reportedly announced last week during a meeting between Warner Bros executive vice president for production Kevin Trehy and the Bectu union, which represents those working in broadcast, movies and theatre.

The studio has said that it's 'our own strictest police force' when it comes to safeguarding members of its staff.

Trehy added: “No-one knows what a schedule looks like in the new normal.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Credit: Warner Bros)
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Credit: Warner Bros)

It follows news that film and TV production can recommence, with a new set of safety measures having been published by the British Film Commission, in consultation with the likes of Bectu and the BFI.

A number of high profile movies found their UK-based productions curtailed by the coronavirus outbreak, including Warner Bros' The Batman, which was shooting in Glasgow and London.

Read more: How will social distancing work in cinemas?

The news also comes ahead of the studio starting work on the third Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie.

Warner had to postpone filming for it on 16 March, the same day it was set to commence.