MultiChoice sets aside R80 million to pay casts and crews of local productions

Relief for local crews (Photo: Matthias Blonski/Unsplash)
Relief for local crews (Photo: Matthias Blonski/Unsplash)

The MultiChoice Group has implemented several measures to support the local entertainment industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures aim to safeguard the incomes of cast, crew, and creatives as well as the sustainability of production houses

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela said in a statement: "Our main concern is to ensure as much as possible that we secure the incomes of creatives, cast and crew over this period. We want to ensure that they and their families are not negatively impacted as work has come to a standstill."

The company has set aside R80 million to ensure that current productions are able to pay full salaries of cast, crew, and creatives for the months of March and April, by when hopefully we will have the worst of the disruptions behind us. The need to secure salaries creatives goes a long way in creating income stability for them and their families.

Through the MultiChoice Talent Factory, they will be launching an online learning portal that will support over 40 000 members of the industry to gain access to courses and online masterclasses, so they can continue to hone their craft while adhering to the public health measures of social distancing and isolation.

The company has also committed to guarantee the incomes of freelancers in SuperSport Productions, who are currently unable to work due to the suspension of sport and the national lockdown. This extends to ensuring the income of freelancers in the broadcast technology environment.

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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