Almost 20,000 British jobs in film and television have already been protected by a government-backed scheme to get screen productions back up and running again, the Chancellor confirmed today, 2 February.
Many film and television productions have been paused during the pandemic due to a lack of insurance against Coronavirus-related losses, such as filming delays when cast or crew members are ill. The £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, launched in October 2020, means productions are protected against these delays, giving them the confidence to resume filming.
So far, more than 160 productions from across the UK have been approved by the scheme, supporting over £680 million of economic activity and 19,460 direct jobs on productions – from actors and directors, to hairstylists, runners and set designers. New film Boxing Day and Sky’s Breeders are just two of the many projects which have been able to continue filming.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
Productions can still register for the scheme until April 2021, helping them manage the continued uncertainty and support thousands more jobs.
The funding is available to productions made by companies where at least half of the production budget is spent in the UK.
Go to Marsh Commercial’s website for the scheme’s application form and process.