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Netflix, Audiens Set Up Relief Fund For French Crews, Artists – Variety

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Netflix has joined forces with Audiens, the social safety group of the French cultural sector, to arrange an emergency fund for native freelance artists and crew members.

Netflix is about to inject €1 million ($1.09 million) into the fund that’s being arrange with Audiens, in collaboration with France’s Nationwide Movie Board (CNC).

The grant is aimed toward supporting probably the most weak freelance employees within the TV and movie sectors, notably carpenters, electricians and hair and make-up artists, who’ve been hit by the cancellations and/or suspending of productions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re grateful to have the ability to work with Audiens to assist the toughest hit employees in TV and movie manufacturing, who’re part of the internationally admired French artistic trade,” mentioned Damien Couvreur, head of authentic collection at Netflix France, whose present pipeline contains Damien Chazelle’s “The Eddy” (pictured).

“Along with the assist we give to the crews, casts and technical companions concerned in our productions, we additionally need to assist those that most want monetary help within the sector extra broadly, particularly freelancers hit by the present disaster,” added Couvreur.

Isabelle Thirion, the pinnacle of social improvement at Audiens, mentioned the fund enhances the present emergency subsidies that Audiens has lately put in place.

“One of many founding values of Audiens is solidarity and we thank Netflix for his or her dedication to supporting professionals, artists and technicians working within the audiovisual and movie trade in these tough occasions,” mentioned Thirion.

Netflix introduced March 20 the creation of a $100 million aid fund to assist members of the artistic neighborhood who grew to become unemployed nearly in a single day, with no avenues to earn revenue throughout the coronavirus disaster.

The majority of the aid fund will give attention to these engaged on Netflix productions within the U.S. Nevertheless, round $15 million has been earmarked for worldwide emergency funds created in partnership with different organizations, equivalent to Audiens, around the globe, together with within the U.Okay., Italy, Spain and India.

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