Sony is Giving Out $100M in COVID-19 Relief

COVID-19 relief is on its way for DPs, camera operators, and others working behind the camera.

In the wake of the pandemic, hundreds of companies stepped up to offer support by giving those working at home free trials to software, helping educators teach in virtual environments, or deferring costs for students

Netflix and Sony announced each would setup $100 million relief funds to help out of work filmmakers. Netflix has already started to disperse its funds, and now, Sony has identified multiple creative organizations to receive relief. 

Sony established its relief fund to impact the medical, education, and creative communities. The company has already given $10 million to frontline medical workers and first responders to fight the virus.

Today, further donations will be distributed to the International Cinematographers Guild, including ICG Local 600, Local 667, Local 669, and Local 671 in Canada. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Canadian Society of Cinematographers, and the Sports Video Group will also receive support. Additionally, Sony will provide financial relief to Sports Video Group Europe, IMAGO, and Japan Society of Cinematographers reaching a global scale. 

The relief effort will ease the financial burden for cinematographers, camera operators, camera assistants, digital imaging technicians, and many industry other workers who create movies, television, and sports content. Sony did not disclose how much each organization received, but it did highlight that it was only the first round of funding. Other creative communities are sure to follow. 

If you are a member of one of the organizations receiving funds, contact them directly to find out how you can qualify for relief.      

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June 25, 2020 at 6:52AM

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Công ty sửa nhà HCM
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Great. Straight to the unions for their fancy new offices or new jet-skis for the board members. Kuddos to Netflix and Sony though. Also, two months without work in our industry is a pain but not uncommon. A lot of people already make 5 figures a month or close to it. You guys mention DPs and Cam ops, they alraedy make bank as well as numerous other positions. They definitely won't be starving. I would love to see this relief distributed to the lower salaries of our industry. But somehow i already see a big part of it being ate by unions costs for "distribution" or other surprises they will come up with to keep most of it...

June 25, 2020 at 4:40PM

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Mike
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But 2nd AD & AC, PA, etc get exposure and connects! They'll get their big break once the pandemic is over right? ;)

June 27, 2020 at 2:14PM

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Ty Besh
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