Netflix Donates $1 Million To Support Oz Film & TV Workers
In partnership with the local charity Support Act, Netflix is donating $1 million to help TV and film industry workers in Australia, under its global $150 million COVID-19 crisis relief fund for the creative community.
Support Act provides crisis relief to artists, crew and music workers in Australia.
Under this relief fund, workers in the TV industry that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will be able to apply for a one-time benefit of $1,000.
In its March announcement of the relief fund Netflix stated that beyond workers that have had their work suspended on original Netflix productions, the company was allocating $15 million to “third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where we have a large production base”.
A Netflix spokesperson told The Australian that the company paid most of the crew of the American-Australian web TV series Clickbait for three weeks while production was suspended in March.
While multiple sectors have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, Netflix’s number of paid subscribers surged during the lockdowns as people sought out entertainment at home, reaching 182.9 million paid subscriptions worldwide.