How Set Scouter built industry-wide safety standards to stay in business

Safe Sets mask

On Black Swan, we attempt to ask and answer the important questions. I can think of none more important than this: will we have new TV in 2021?

“They’re not even saying, ‘we’re no longer shooting’. My customers are going out of business. They’re asking for refunds.”
– Alex Kolodkin,
Set Scouter

Like most things in 2020, television production was halted when the pandemic hit, along with movies, commercials. As someone who recently burned through six seasons of Schitt’s Creek, this is highly concerning.

It was also concerning for Alex Kolodkin, co-founder and CEO of Set Scouter, whose platform sources shooting locations for a lot of the content we consume filmed in North America. In this week’s episode, Kolodkin recounts how he felt as an entrepreneur when one side of his two-sided marketplace disappeared overnight, necessitating staff reductions.

Kolodkin also shares how the company responded, developing and releasing a resource of safety guidelines so the film industry could get back to work. The guidelines also now come with a certification program, which has brought Kolodkin praise from none other than.. the cast of Schitt’s Creek.

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Black Swan is a BetaKit podcast. Hosted by Douglas Soltys & Rob Kenedi. Edited by Kattie Laur. Sponsored by the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast. Produced with support from TWG.

Feature image courtesy Joshua Robert Coté (Instagram).

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.