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Greg Berlanti Sets $500,000 Strike Relief Fund for Support Staff, Crew – The Hollywood Reporter

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As Hollywood’s twin strikes stretch into the late days of summer time, Greg Berlanti is stepping as much as supply monetary reduction to assist employees and below-the-line employees.

Berlanti, who lengthy held the title as Hollywood’s most prolific TV sequence producer by means of his Greg Berlanti Prods., is committing $500,000 for a strike reduction fund that may profit those that have labored on his firm’s initiatives. Individually, he’s doubling down on $150,000 donations to the Leisure Group Fund and the Movement Image & Tv Fund, “two amazing organizations I am incredibly proud to be associated with and that represent the best qualities of our business.”

As a part of the present to these organizations, Berlanti has requested the cash “be earmarked for support staff and below-the-line workers” as he additionally points a name to motion to these lucky sufficient to offer what they’ll to assist the ECF and MPTF.

Berlanti supplied particulars of his new monetary commitments in a letter despatched to staffers and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. He begins by acknowledging a little bit of déjà vu as a result of he despatched an identical letter through the COVID-19 pandemic, a time that noticed Berlanti supply $1 million to those that have been out of labor as a consequence of manufacturing shutdowns at the moment.

“I never thought that within three years I would have to write a note of a similar nature, but as the WGA strike stretches into the fourth month, and with SAG joining the picket lines in July, once again I wanted to reach out and offer as much immediate help as we can,” writes Berlanti. “As I said during the pandemic, I realize not knowing when your job might return creates a significant financial and emotional hardship for many. Also, I know many of our coworkers have barely caught their financial breath since that time. It is very important to me, and everyone at Berlanti Productions, that we are doing all that we can to help you during this moment.”

Information of Berlanti’s donations comes on the heels of an identical $500,000 strike reduction fund created by Ryan Murphy to assist those that have labored on his firm’s exhibits. And it comes throughout every week that noticed experiences floor that Berlanti’s total take care of Warner Bros. Tv Group has been suspended amid the continued strikes. Amongst these in the identical boat as Berlanti are J.J. Abrams’ Dangerous Robotic, Chuck Lorre, Invoice Lawrence, John Wells and Mindy Kaling.

See Berlanti’s full letter beneath.

“Pricey Fellow Co-Staff,

I hope wherever you might be, you and your loved ones or family members are secure and wholesome. Clearly, we live in an unprecedented second in fashionable historical past. The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating lives, nations and companies all over the world, together with our personal.”

That’s how I began my final electronic mail of this sort, three years in the past within the coronary heart of the pandemic, to let everybody know what our firm was doing to try to assist individuals. I by no means thought that inside three years I must write a observe of an identical nature, however because the WGA strike stretches into the fourth month, and with SAG becoming a member of the picket traces in July, as soon as once more I wished to achieve out and supply as a lot rapid assist as we will.

As I mentioned through the pandemic, I notice not figuring out when your job would possibly return creates a big monetary and emotional hardship for a lot of. Additionally, I do know a lot of our coworkers have barely caught their monetary breath since that point. It is vitally vital to me, and everybody at Berlanti Productions, that we’re doing all that we will that will help you throughout this second. Early within the strike, like many others in my place, I donated to the Leisure Group Fund. I can be making further donations of 150,000 to that fund and the identical quantity to the Movement Image & Tv Fund — two wonderful organizations I’m extremely proud to be related to and that characterize the most effective qualities of our enterprise. I can be asking for that cash to be earmarked for assist employees and below-the-line employees.  I implore different trade employees in a lucky sufficient state of affairs to offer what they’ll to those organizations at the moment.

As well as, for the assist employees and below-the-line employees of our personal exhibits, we’re beginning a strike reduction fund of an extra 500,000 {dollars}. If you’re receiving this electronic mail it means you could have labored on one among our exhibits in the previous few years in that capability. If in case you have labored on one among our exhibits and haven’t obtained this electronic mail for some motive, and have heard about this elsewhere, that’s okay too. 

Both approach: in case you are in want, please electronic mail my affiliate Carl Ogawa at Strikerelief@berlantiproductions.com, and let him know the present you’re employed(ed) on, what your place was and the most effective quantity to achieve you at. He’ll coordinate the remainder with you instantly. As through the pandemic, we won’t share your private circumstance or request with anybody. Please observe, there’s a few ten-day turnaround time for funds to get to you. Additionally, we can be doing our greatest to unfold these funds amongst as many individuals as attainable, so they are going to be in denominations of 500 to 1500 {dollars}.

I’m a proud member of the WGA and I assist a good deal that continues to offer sustainable lifelong careers for the entire unimaginable expertise simply getting into this enterprise. I additionally know the way susceptible so many are proper now, and I need to make sure that we’re doing all we will to assist others whereas each these strikes proceed. If in case you have another concepts of how we may help or be of service to you or these in our manufacturing households which can be most susceptible throughout this time, please tell us and we are going to do our greatest.  Till then, know that we’re very a lot wanting ahead to that point after we are all working collectively once more.    

Warmest,

Greg Berlanti

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