Sky has donated £500,000 to the new Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, set up by the Film and TV Charity and BFI.
The Fund launched earlier this month with an initial £2.5 million to distribute to industry creatives impacted by the crisis. It is providing grants to thousands of industry workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the suspension of productions across Britain.
Gary Davey, CEO of Sky Studios, said: “Those who work behind the scenes are the backbone of TV and film production in the UK. At this incredibly difficult time, it’s important that we do all we can to support our most needy freelance colleagues and we hope that this donation will help to alleviate some of the immediate financial challenges many of them are facing over the coming weeks and months.”
“Sky’s support is a fantastic boost to the Emergency Relief Fund that will make a huge difference to many,” added Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the Film and TV Charity.
Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has also said that he will donate his salary to COVID-19-related charities for the duration of the virus crisis.