NETFLIX CREATES EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUND FOR WORKERS IN THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY
The Covid-19 crisis is devastating for many industries, including the creative community. Almost all television and film production has now ceased globally – leaving hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs. These include electricians, carpenters, drivers, hair and makeup artists and more, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis.
This community has supported Netflix through the good times, and now Netflix want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic support they will provide. They have created a $100 million fund to help with hardship in the creative community.
Most of the fund will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on Netflix’s own productions around the world. They are in the process of working out exactly what this means, production by production. This is in addition to the two weeks pay they have already committed to the crew and cast on productions they were forced to suspend last week.
Beyond helping workers on their own productions, Netflix also want to support the broader film and television industry. So $15 million of the fund will go to third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where they have a large production base.
In the United States and Canada non-profits already exist to do this work. Netflix will be donating $1 million each to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Disaster Fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the US, and $1 million between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes in Canada. In other regions, including Europe, Latin America and Asia where they have a big production presence, Netflix are working with existing industry organizations to create similar creative community emergency relief efforts. Netflix have said they will announce the details of donations to groups in other countries next week.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix said:
“What’s happening is unprecedented. We are only as strong as the people we work with and Netflix is fortunate to be able to help those hardest hit in our industry through this challenging time.”