That’s why Bruna Papandrea (Founder & CEO, Made Up Stories) and Gregg Fienberg (Producer) brought together a coalition of producers, writers and directors including Molly Allen (Producer), Derek Cianfrance (Director & Writer), Lynette Howell Taylor (Founder, 51 Entertainment), Jon M. Chu (Director & Producer), Pam Veasey (Writer & Showrunner), Kenya Barris (Showrunner & Founder, Khalabo Ink Society), Lesli Linka Glatter (Writer & Director), David E. Kelley (Writer/Showrunner & Founder, David E. Kelley Productions), Jess Wu Calder (Co-Founder, Snoot Entertainment), Mark Ruffalo (Producer & Actor), Stephanie Allain (Founder, Homegrown Pictures), Todd Black (Partner, Escape Artists), Dana Fox (Writer & Showrunner), Ben Watkins (Writer & Showrunner), Steve Hutensky (Producer, Made Up Stories), and Liza Chasin (Producer & Founder, 3dot Productions) to raise funds for these below-the-line workers.
This initiative will support production assistants, coordinators, supervisors, office staff, location teams, AD teams, costume teams, hair stylists and make-up artists, art departments, prop masters, set decorators, set builders, camera and sound teams, electric and grip teams, script supervisors, SFX and post-production, caterers, craft services and transportation teams, among many others.
Who we’re working with:
We are launching with two organizations who are already on the frontlines in helping below-the-line crews: The Actors Fund and The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF).
Both organizations are set up to receive and distribute emergency relief money to help workers in the entertainment industry who are suffering COVID-19 related hardships, already processing a massive number of applications for help from people in every corner of the business. They are working in tandem applying the same eligibility requirements and dispensing the same amount of money – generally $1,000 for an individual and potentially higher for families – and coordinating to ensure people only apply to one of the funds.
How do the Funds differ?
It’s mainly about geography and the people they help.
The Motion Picture & Television Fund: Focuses on Film/TV personnel based in Southern California.
The Actors Fund: Don’t be deceived by the name, this fund is not just for actors – they help anyone who works in any aspect of the entertainment field across the country. Money donated through “It Takes Our Village” will be designated specifically for Film/TV crews.
100% of donations (less the 2.9% and $0.30 per donation transaction fee) will go directly to these organizations as they continue to coordinate, mobilize, and support our below-the-line crews impacted by COVID-19.
We are working with GoFundMe.org (a 501c3 non-profit organization, EIN # 81-2279757, registered in the United States) to manage donations. All donations made on this page will be held by GoFundMe.org for the purpose of distributing such contributions to the Motion Picture and Television Fund and The Actors Fund, subject to the variance power of GoFundMe.org, as stated in its policies. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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