Netflix adds $50 Million to Coronavirus Relief Fund for Production Workers

Netflix raised the amount of money in its emergency relief fund for coronavirus by $50 million, raising the total to $150 million for the affected production workers.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 19, 2020 10:51 IST

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Netflix-  $100 Million Fund

Film and TV production across the globe has been shut down as people shelter at home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The sudden cuts wiped out hundreds of thousands of cast and crew members.

Netflix revealed in March that it had created a $100 million fund to assist the hardest-hit staff in their own operations and those in regions where Netflix has a wide base of production. · Money is allocated to non-profit groups that support the industry through the coronavirus crisis.

The company has provided support in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Italy, India, France, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and the Netherlands. 

Netflix on Friday also announced it had made several documentary features and series available for free on the company's YouTube channel, like Our Planet and Explained, at the request of teachers. The move comes as the outbreak of coronavirus forced schools to shut down and confined millions of students to their homes, forcing schools and colleges to use virtual resources to keep the classes going.

The decision to make some content free on YouTube is a rare exception to Netflix's marketing strategy, which otherwise charges users to access its services with a monthly subscription fee.

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