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Essential Stories: Medical Series Approach a Real-Life Pandemic
45 min.
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.
Joseph Kay, David Schulner, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Zoanne Clack, M.D., Amy Holden Jones
Neal Baer, M.D.

Joseph Kay
Showrunner/EP, "Transplant"
David Schulner
Showrunner/EP, "New Amsterdam"
Diane Frolov
Co-Showrunner/EP, "Chicago Med"
Andrew Schneider
Co-Showrunner/EP, "Chicago Med"
Zoanne Clack, M.D.
Writer/EP, "Grey’s Anatomy"
Amy Holden Jones
Co-Creator/EP, "The Resident"
Neal Baer, M.D.
Writer/EP, "ER"
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