The Government has confirmed its £500m scheme to support TV and film productions during the pandemic will complete at the end of the month.
Launched in July 2020, the program to restart film and television productions in the UK is being completed despite ongoing lobbying from parts of the industry.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the initiative had supported 95,000 jobs, resulting in £5.6 billion in production spending.
£12m was paid out in claims.
The success of our program means commercial insurers can now work with the industry to provide coverage so the UK can continue to produce the films and television programs we all loveChancellor Rishi Sunak
Peaky Blinders, Killing Eve, Gangs Of London and the film The Phantom Of The Open starring Sir Mark Rylance are among the productions supported so far.
Applications are possible until April 30th, the cover will be granted until the end of June.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “The Film and TV Production Restart Program has played a crucial role in ensuring our world-leading screen industries continue to thrive despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.
“As we learn to live with Covid, it’s great to see the industry working with production companies to ensure they have the coverage they need to create quality content for viewers locally and internationally. “
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our world-leading film and television industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and our restart program has played a crucial role in keeping it running during the pandemic.
“The success of our program means commercial insurers can now work with the industry to provide coverage so the UK can continue to produce the films and television programs we all love.”
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The DCMS said the program will end as part of the government’s plan to cope with Covid.
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