Sky has donated £500k to the COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, set up by the Film and TV Charity in partnership with the BFI using National Lottery funding.
The fund provides grants to film and TV workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the suspension of productions across the UK. Donations totalling £2.5 million have already been sent to the fund from Netflix, the BFI, BBC Studios, BBC Content, WarnerMedia and several generous individuals.
One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 will be awarded based on need.
Gary Davey CEO of Sky Studios said: ‘Those who work behind the scenes are the backbone of TV and film production in the UK. At this incredibly difficult time, it’s important that we do all we can to support our most needy freelance colleagues and we hope that this donation will help to alleviate some of the immediate financial challenges many of them are facing over the coming weeks and months.’
“Sky’s support is a fantastic boost to the Emergency Relief Fund that will make a huge difference to many, and Sky’s support of our long-term mental health strategy the Whole Picture Programme means that we’ll be working together to support the workforce through and beyond this crisis.”
Said Alex Pumfrey, CEO of The Film and TV Charity.
Sky Group Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch, is also donating 100% of his salary to COVID-19-related charities for the duration of the crisis.
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