Not a light switch, but a dimmer. That’s how California governor Gavin Newsom has described the state’s plan to reopen the home of Hollywood following the easing of the state’s coronavirus restrictions. It also befits producers’ strategies for returning from a three-month physical production shutdown.

“Our state was one of the first to open up, but that didn’t mean that we should run and jump into production,” said Eric Tomosunas, CEO of Swirl Films, an Atlanta, Georgia-based production company that has produced shows and movies for TV networks and streaming services, including BET and Netflix.