Amazon Prime donates to Fleabag Stars theater emergency fund


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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman acted together in Fleabag

A fund set up by two Fleabag stars to support theater workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic will receive £ 500,000 from Amazon Prime Video.

Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge said they were “blown away” by the “extraordinary” support.

The streaming service is also donating £ 1million to a new grant scheme set up by the film and television charity.

Amazon Prime has pledged a total of $ 6million (£ 4.6million) to those involved in the production of theater, television and films across Europe.

“The creative community in Europe has been critical to our success in producing high quality Amazon original TV series and movies,” said Jennifer Salke, Director of Amazon Studios.

“It is essential for us to help this community get through this pandemic. “

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Good Omens was made in the UK by Amazon and the BBC

The £ 500,000 donation to the Theater Community Fund will help provide hardship grants of up to £ 3,000 to UK theater workers and freelancers.

Colman, Waller-Bridge and producer Francesca Moody said the donation had “been a game-changer” for a community that “has never been so threatened or fragile.”

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Last year Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag and Killing Eve, signed an exclusive contract to produce TV shows for Amazon Prime.

The film and television charity also thanked Amazon. Managing Director Alex Pumfrey said the money would be used “to support the diverse talent in our industry throughout the recovery process.”

The donations follow £ 500,000 donated by Netflix last month to help director Sir Sam Mendes set up his own theater artists fund.

The UK government has announced a £ 1.57bn support package to protect theaters, galleries and museums.

Entertainment union chief Bectu wrote on Wednesday to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden asking for grants to be made in August to allow sites to “end layoffs and support their staff.”

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