Amazon Prime donates to Fleabag stars’ theatre emergency fund

Amazon Prime donates to Fleabag stars' theatre emergency fund

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman acted collectively in Fleabag

A fund arrange by two stars of Fleabag to assist theatre employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic is to obtain ÂŁ500,000 from Amazon Prime Video.

Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge mentioned they have been “blown away” by the “extraordinary” assist.

The streaming service can also be donating ÂŁ1m to a brand new grants scheme being arrange by the Movie and TV Charity.

Amazon Prime has pledged $6m (ÂŁ4.6m) in whole to these concerned in theatre, TV and movie manufacturing throughout Europe.

“The artistic neighborhood in Europe has been important to our success in producing high-quality Amazon unique TV sequence and flicks,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke mentioned.

“It’s important for us to assist that neighborhood by way of this pandemic.”

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Good Omens was made within the UK by Amazon and the BBC

The ÂŁ500,000 donation to the Theatre Neighborhood Fund will assist present hardship grants of as much as ÂŁ3,000 to UK theatre employees and freelancers.

Colman, Waller-Bridge and producer Francesca Moody mentioned the donation was “a game-changer” for a neighborhood that “has by no means been extra threatened or fragile”.

Final yr, Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag and Killing Eve, signed an exclusive contract to make TV reveals for Amazon Prime.

The Movie and TV Charity additionally thanked Amazon. Chief govt Alex Pumfrey mentioned the cash could be used “to assist the varied expertise in our trade by way of the restoration course of”.

The donations comply with the ÂŁ500,000 given by Netflix final month to help director Sir Sam Mendes establish his own Theatre Artists Fund.

The UK authorities has introduced a ÂŁ1.57bn 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”.

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