Netflix Announces $100 Million Coronavirus Relief Fund for 'Hardest-Hit Workers'

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused a fallout in the entertainment industry with production for films and television shows getting halted, and other upcoming ones getting delayed. This has also resulted in the creative community left with no way to earn an income, and now, Netflix created a $100 million relief fund to help production workers.

Netflix just announced that the fund will go towards those "hardest-hit workers" in production around the world. This is in addition to the two-week pay for the crew that was suspended last week. They will also be helping workers beyond Netflix's production. $15 million of the fund will be going to the "third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries" where the company has a large production base.

That's not all, Netflix will also 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 United States. $1 million will be between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes. Netflix is currently working on making a similar emergency relief effort for the creative community in other regions including Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Thousands of production crew workers like electricians, carpenters, drivers, hair and makeup artists, amongst many others will benefit from this fund.

"What's happening is unprecedented," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in the statement. "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."

Netflix will be announcing the details of these donations in other countries next week.

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