Excessive-profile Hollywood company CAA, which represents the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, is delaying the reopening of its largest US places of work till 2021 as US coronavirus instances proceed to rise.
The expertise company informed staffers by way of e mail late Wednesday that it will likely be holding its LA headquarters in Century Metropolis closed, in addition to its places of work in New York and Nashville, till January 2021.
It had beforehand mentioned it could resolve by Aug. 1 whether or not to reopen main places of work, together with London. Within the memo, CAA mentioned it’s watching the state of affairs in London earlier than deciding on a re-entry protocol.
CAA additionally has US places of work in Chicago, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Memphis, in addition to outposts in Beijing, Shanghai, Stockholm, Munich and Geneva.
“In rigorously learning a variety of things, with worker well being and security as a prime precedence, we’ve got concluded we won’t be returning … till at the very least January 2021. It’s too early to supply a particular date,” the corporate informed staff.
“In evaluating at present’s determination, a big group of inside executives, plus exterior consultants, have targeted on many standards, together with well being authority pointers; native legal guidelines and an infection charges; availability, or lack thereof, of testing, vaccines, and coverings; the vary of private circumstances for our staff; … availability and value of cleansing provides, masks, and facility modifications; and, in fact, our potential to finest assist and work with each other as we serve shoppers,” prime brass wrote.
Since mid-March, the TV and movie business has floor to a halt resulting from stay-at-home orders supposed to maintain the pandemic in examine. The pause in manufacturing has hit the expertise company world laborious, with many companies implementing furloughs and layoffs and pay cuts.
CAA instituted company-wide pay cuts on April eight with the agency’s highest-paid execs shouldering the burden, and co-chairmen Richard Lovett, Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane, forgoing the rest of their salaries for 2020.
Information of CAA’s workplace closure comes as California’s every day prognosis price of COVID-19 continues to escalate. Forward of the Fourth of July vacation, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closing of seashores alongside the coast, a rollback for dine-in eating places and a ban on gatherings of people that don’t stay in the identical family.
In the meantime, New York Gov. Cuomo postponed indoor eating in New York Metropolis on Wednesday out of warning, regardless of enhancements within the variety of coronavirus instances.