Sky donates £500,000 to relief fund

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Sky logo Sky is donating half a million pounds to the Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, set up by the Film and TV Charity with the BFI. 

The fund will provide grants and assistance to the eligible screen sector workers who have been directly affected by the suspension of production across the UK. 

One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 will be allocated according to need. 

CEO of Sky Studios Gary Davey 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.”

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of The Film and TV Charity, added: “Sky’s support is a fantastic boost to the Emergency Relief Fund that will make a huge difference to many, and Sky’s support of our long-term mental health strategy the Whole Picture Programme means that we’ll be working together to support the workforce through and beyond this crisis.”

Sky Group chief executive Jeremy Darroch has committed to donating 100% of his salary to Covid-19-related charities for the duration of the crisis.