Netflix and Italian Film Commissions establish TV and Cinema Support Fund in covid-19 emergency, to support workers in the industry.
The aim of the fund is to provide short term support to the crews of the industry which have been directly hit by the shut down of productions. Hence, Netflix has offered one million euros for the fund, which will be managed by Italian Film Commissions. While eligibility criteria are yet to be defined, Italian Film Commissions has declared they will be posted on their website as soon as they can.
Cristina Priarone, President of Italian Film Commissions, has stated that “to be able to support the audiovisual with a great company such as Netflix, is a meaningful opportunity”. Similarly, the President hopes that “other players will want to share this opportunity with us”.
Likewise, Felipe Tewes, Netflix VP of Original Series for Europe and Africa, has expressed his satisfaction. “Crews have always been vital to Netflix’s success and now it’s time to do our part and help those who need it most in these unprecedented times”.
The establishment of the TV and Cinema Support Fund in covid-19 emergency is part of Netflix’s worldwide initiative, which has created a $100 million dollars fund for the support of the audiovisual. In fact, Netflix has opened a fund in the UK to support local workers of the industry. In Italy, a large part of the fund will go to Netflix productions. Netflix had ensured cast and crews of suspendend productions two weeks of regular pay, even before the establishment of the aforementioned fund.