Netflix has increased the Sum of Money in Its Own coronavirus emergency Aid fund by $50 million, bringing the total for displaced production workers to $150 million, a company spokeswoman said on Friday.
Film and TV production has been shut down around the world as people shelter in the home to help impede the spread of this novel coronavirus. The sudden closures put thousands and thousands of crew and cast members from work.
In March, Netflix announced it had established a $100 million fund to aid the hardest-hit employees on its productions and others in locations in which Netflix has a huge production base. ·Some of the money is being allocated through non-profit classes that are helping the industry through the coronavirus crisis.
The Business thus far has provided help in the United States, Canada, Britain, Italy, India, France, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
Netflix on Friday also said it’d produced some documentary features and show, including Our Planet and Described, on the company’s YouTube channel for free at the request of educators.
The move comes as the coronavirus outbreak has forced educational institutions to close down, and confined millions of students to their houses, forcing schools and colleges to tap virtual tools to keep the courses running.
The choice to make some content free on YouTube is a rare exception to Netflix’s advertising strategy, which charges a monthly subscription fee from users to avail its providers.