A fund arrange by two stars of Fleabag to assist theatre employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic is to obtain £500,000 from Amazon Prime Video.
Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge stated they have been “blown away” by the “extraordinary” assist.
The streaming service can also be donating £1m to a brand new grants scheme being arrange by the Movie and TV Charity.
Amazon Prime has pledged $6m (£4.6m) in complete to these concerned in theatre, TV and movie manufacturing throughout Europe.
“The artistic group in Europe has been very important to our success in producing high-quality Amazon unique TV collection and films,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke stated.
“It’s important for us to assist that group by this pandemic.”
The £500,000 donation to the Theatre Neighborhood Fund will assist present hardship grants of as much as £3,000 to UK theatre employees and freelancers.
Colman, Waller-Bridge and producer Francesca Moody stated the donation was “a game-changer” for a group that “has by no means been extra threatened or fragile”.
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Final yr, Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag and Killing Eve, signed an unique contract to make TV reveals for Amazon Prime.
The Movie and TV Charity additionally thanked Amazon. Chief govt Alex Pumfrey stated the cash could be used “to assist the various expertise in our trade by the restoration course of”.
The donations comply with the £500,000 given by Netflix final month to assist director Sir Sam Mendes set up his personal Theatre Artists Fund.
The UK authorities has introduced a £1.57bn assist package deal aimed toward defending theatres, galleries and museums.
On Wednesday, the pinnacle of leisure union Bectu wrote to Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden calling for grants to be paid out in August to permit venues to “halt redundancies and assist their workforce”.