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FWICE calls for joint meet of industry stakeholders as concerns about stuck investments grow 

The online meeting between various producer associations and production houses will debate, discuss, and decide on how to get the industry back to normalcy.  

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The lockdown crisis in the film industry continues to grow critical with each passing day. Even as there has been no information on when the lockdown will be over, the film industry is growing concerned over stuck investment, revenue, and projects.

The Federation of Western Indian Cine Workers (FWICE) has issued a press release calling for a joint online meeting of all major stakeholders in the industry to discuss and formulate methods to work in the 'new normal'. 

The press release stated, "The FWICE and its office-bearers are deeply concerned about the future of the industry and all its stakeholders. In view of the above, there have been a lot of oral messages going around the media and other sources, that the industry may resume its original form by the end of June 2020. However, before we could come to a concrete conclusion on the resumption of work in the media and entertainment industry in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the FWICE hereby proposes to have a zoom meeting with all the stakeholders of the industry, to come on one platform and start the initial discussion on how to resume the work and from when we can start the same."

Undersigned by president BN Tiwari, general secretary Ashok Dubey, and chief advisor Ashoke Pandit, the press release stated that the federation had called for a meeting to have at least two representatives of each stakeholder to ''debate, discuss, and decide upon getting the industry into normalcy."

The release further stated that, until they received any guidelines from the government or the I&B ministry, they propose to have a wholehearted debate and discussion on all the parameters concerned to the health, safety, security of all the stakeholders in the industry.

The Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA), Producers' Guild, Zee TV, Colors, Star TV, and Sony TV will also be part of the discussions, which will also revolve around the huge losses incurred by producers and studios due to the lockdown. 

The associations had also met on Saturday to discuss the issues regarding payment for safety protocols and guidelines regarding the resumption of work post the lockdown. 

The lockdown, implemented since the beginning of March, is now into its 49th day today. The film industry will remain shut till 17 May, at least, for now. 

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