Essential Stories: Medical Series Approach a Real-Life Pandemic presented by Hollywood, Health & Society

Essential Stories: Medical Series Approach a Real-Life Pandemic presented by Hollywood, Health & Society

When Coronavirus struck in 2020, not only was the TV industry faced with halting and reimagining  production, but creatives faced the question of whether or not to address the ongoing crisis within the fictional worlds of their shows. For medical series, the question loomed even larger — on one hand, an immense challenge and opportunity to pay tribute to the healthcare workers who remain essential; on the other, risking burn-out from audiences looking to escape reality. In this conversation, we’ll explore the challenges, logistics, and emotional reality of producing a medical drama throughout a pandemic.

Panelists: Joseph Kay (Showrunner/EP, Transplant), David Schulner (Showrunner/EP, New Amsterdam), Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (Co-Showrunners/EPs, Chicago Med), Zoanne Clack, M.D. (Writer/EP, Grey’s Anatomy), Amy Holden Jones (Co-Creator/EP, The Resident)

Moderator:
Neal Baer, M.D. (Writer/EP, ER)