Many industries have suffered from the spread of the coronavirus and many Hollywood productions have been put on hold for everyone's safety. Now Netflix is trying to help the workers on those production teams when they're experiencing this period of downtime.
According to Variety, Netflix has announced it has set up a $100000 thousand relief fund to help members of the "creative community".
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, said in a statement: "The COVID-19 crisis is devastating for many industries, including the creative industries. Virtually all television and film production has now shut down worldwide, leaving hundreds of thousands of cast and crew unemployed. These include electricians, carpenters, and drivers, many of whom are paid hourly and work on a project basis. This community has supported Netflix in good times and we want to help them through these difficult times, especially while governments are still figuring out what financial support they will provide."
Around 120,000 crew members have reportedly been out of work since the virus spread.
Of the money that will go into the fund, $15 million will go to "third parties and non-profit organizations providing emergency relief to unemployed crews and casters in countries with the broad manufacturing base." In addition, $1000 thousand each will go to the SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Covid-19 Disaster Fund, the Film and Television Fund, and the Actors in the USA Emergency Assistance Fund.
Another million dollars will be split between the AFC and the Fondation des Artistes.
Netflix is also working with organizations to assist in Asia, Latin America, and Europe, where many of its productions are filmed.
As we previously reported, Netflix has become essential for some viewers during this period of social distancing, and Netflix has launched its "Netflix Party" feature, which allows people to watch together without being in the same room.
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