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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman acted collectively in Fleabag

A fund arrange by two stars of Fleabag to help theatre staff affected by the coronavirus pandemic is to obtain £500,000 from Amazon Prime Video.

Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge stated they have been “blown away” by the “extraordinary” help.

The streaming service can be donating £1m to a brand new grants scheme being arrange by the Film and TV Charity.

Amazon Prime has pledged $6m (£4.6m) in complete to these concerned in theatre, TV and movie manufacturing throughout Europe.

“The creative community in Europe has been vital to our success in producing high-quality Amazon original TV series and movies,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke stated.

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

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The £500,000 donation to the Theatre Community Fund will assist present hardship grants of as much as £3,000 to UK theatre staff and freelancers.

Colman, Waller-Bridge and producer Francesca Moody stated the donation was “a game-changer” for a group that “has never been more threatened or fragile”.

Last 12 months, Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag and Killing Eve, signed an unique contract to make TV exhibits for Amazon Prime.

The Film and TV Charity additionally thanked Amazon. Chief government Alex Pumfrey stated the cash could be used “to support the diverse talent in our industry through the recovery process”.

The donations observe the £500,000 given by Netflix final month to assist director Sir Sam Mendes set up his personal Theatre Artists Fund.

The UK authorities has introduced a £1.57bn help package deal geared toward defending theatres, galleries and museums.

On Wednesday, the pinnacle of leisure union Bectu wrote to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden calling for grants to be paid out in August to permit venues to “halt redundancies and support their workforce”.

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