NYWIFT Talks Covid Waivers

Welcome to NYWIFT Talks, a weekly series to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more. 

NYWIFT Talks are free for all to attend.

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks: If production coordination was not complicated enough, now we need to be covid-compliant and responsible for the health and wellness of workers in our production offices and on set in the midst of a pandemic.

In this first installment of our two-part series related to COVID-19 and the workplace, we will discuss, with attorneys Anna Broccolo and Nicky Jatana, best practices to be implemented by employers and what employees can expect going back to work. We will delve into whether employers can force workers back to the office, what to expect when back in the office, can vaccinations be made mandatory, and the hotly debated COVID waiver.

In our upcoming second segment of this series, will we examine how we develop plans for our production shoots, what are the elements of the ideal covid compliant productions, how do you hire a certified covid compliance officer and ensure all appropriate covid guidelines are in place when preparing a production shoot.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Maria C. Miles.

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 4 PM EST




Anna Broccolo is an attorney in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Anna advises her clients on important workplace issues on a range of employment matters including legal concerns resulting from COVID-19, compliance and counseling related to hiring, terminations, accommodations and leaves of absence. Anna’s litigation practice includes defending her clients against claims of discrimination, retaliation, disability accommodations, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, and enforcement and defense of employment agreements. Anna regularly conducts workplace trainings and internal investigations for her clients. Anna has spoken on all topics of the employment relationship on panels, seminars and radio.

Nicky Jatana is the office managing principal of the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and advising employers regarding daily workplace issues and employment-related training. She has deep experience in the entertainment and media industry, representing a media conglomerate with television, film, and publishing entities. An experienced litigator, she regularly defends clients in complex and class action litigation, involving wage and hour, FCRA and state background check laws, as well as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and breach of contract matters.

NYWIFT Board Member Maria C. Miles (moderator) is the founding partner of an entertainment law firm with offices in New York. Maria’s practice focuses on all areas of entertainment law including, film (narrative and documentary), music, publishing, fashion and new media. Prior to starting her own practice, Maria was an attorney within the entertainment group of a large international law firm and was general counsel for a multimedia start-up. Maria has worked with award-winning producers, directors, writers, actors, television hosts, multi-platinum recording artist. Maria is an Adjunct Professor at The Feirstein Graduate School for Cinema and School of Visual Arts.

February 9 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

Free Virtual Q and A



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.