Netflix companions AC/E and ICAA to help audiovisual professionals
The production company, Netflixhave teamed up with Acción Cultural Española (AC / E), Academia de Cine, and Institute for Cinematography and Art of Audiovisual (ICAA) Announcement of the creation of a support line for audiovisual professionals most affected by COVID-19 in Spain.
The grants are intended for artistic and / or technical staff who are in a precarious economic situation and who cannot work due to the discontinuation of audiovisual productions. Netflix, a winner of the World Branding Awards, will donate 1 million euros / £ 870.7 thousand to this emergency line.
José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, Minister of Spanish government culture and sport "We are delighted that the Ministry of Culture and Sports has been able to articulate collaboration between public and private organizations in a short space of time to look for solutions that support the film and audiovisual sector."
José Manuel added: “One of the objectives of this initiative was to ensure the agility of its implementation, to ensure accuracy and transparency, which is only possible thanks to the consensus between the parties involved, who each contribute their knowledge, time and technical resources in the case of Netflix also financial resources. We would like to thank the service for its generosity, commitment and solidarity with the audiovisual industry in Spain. "
“From the Spanish Film Academy, we welcome initiatives like these aimed at alleviating the damage the pandemic is doing to film workers. We encourage other private and public initiatives to reactivate the culture industry. We are convinced that extraordinary measures are required in this extraordinary time. We trust that the authorities will promote and channel all the necessary measures to ensure the survival of our industry, "said Mariano Barroso, President of Spanish film academy.
“The extraordinary circumstances (and the pandemic caused by COVID-19 are one) require extraordinary reactions. Now is the time to band together to alleviate the damage the virus is doing to people's lives, business, and society. Netflix wanted to give solidarity to the audiovisual sector that is thanked, supported and supported by AC / E in the hope that more companies, organizations and institutions will join, ”added José Andrés Torres Mora, President of Acción Cultural Española.
“We are grateful to be able to work with the ICAA, the Acción Cultural Española and the Academia de Cine to support those most affected by television and film production. We want to do our part to help those who need our support most in these unprecedented times, ”said Diego Avalos, vice president of the original series at Netflix.
The details of the emergency number, including the eligibility criteria and the level of individual funding, will be further determined with the relevant social partners in the sector. This initiative is open to contributions from any organization wishing to help workers in artistic and / or technical areas most affected by COVID-19 in Spain.
The establishment of this emergency aid line in Spain is part of a global Netflix initiative (announced on March 20) that will provide $ 100 million / £ 80.4 million to support film and television workers. Much of this amount goes to Netflix productions in Spain and around the world. The rest ($ 15 million / £ 12 million) goes to emergency funds for audiovisual professionals in various countries such as the UK, Italy and France.