Netflix donates Rs 7.5 crore to help daily wage workers in India

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This fund, launched by PGI last month, will provide immediate relief to thousands of day workers in the Indian creative community.

  • PTI
  • Last update: April 4, 2020, 12:47 p.m.

Streaming platform Netflix announced on Saturday that it will donate £ 7.5m to the Producers Guild of India (PGI) relief fund to help daily wage earners in the country’s entertainment industry.

This fund, launched by PGI last month, will provide short-term emergency aid to thousands of day workers in the Indian creative community who are directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic due to the shutdown of film, television and web productions in the country.

“We are grateful to work with the Producers Guild of India to support the hardest hit workers in television and film production – from electricians to carpenters, hair and makeup artists to spot boys. Crews in India have always been crucial for the success of Netflix and Now we want to do our part and help those who need the most support in these unprecedented times, “said the Netflix spokesman in a statement.

Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the Producers Guild of India, said he appreciated Netflix’s contribution to the fund.

“I am proud and grateful to the entire Brotherhood for contributing to the fund that we have created to support our colleagues in this difficult time. We appreciate Netflix’s generous commitment to this fund and its determination to help those who need it most. “

In addition, Netflix has pledged up to four weeks of remuneration in India to help all key crew members and performers who should work on the streamer’s productions in India that had to be discontinued due to the corona virus pandemic.

Last month, Netflix announced a $ 100 million fund to help the creative community around the world.

While most of the fund is pledged to help the hardest hit with Netflix productions around the world, the fund will go to $ 15 million to third parties and nonprofits to help unemployed workers and in countries occupy where Netflix has a large production base. The platform’s contribution of £ 7.5 billion to the PGI fund is part of this USD 15 million fund.

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