We understand this is an extremely challenging, unprecedented time for our industry, and the world. The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 means that many productions have been put on hold, leaving production companies, freelancers and facilities companies in a vulnerable position. We are aware of the wide-ranging challenges that are being felt by all of those working within the entire film and television industry at every level, and the Procam Group will continue to offer support to productions wherever possible.
Not only does the UK’s renowned film and television industry support an important part of our world economy, but it also brings so much more to the lives of us all. Our industry informs, educates and entertains. It evokes emotion and changes perspectives. It can bring us hope, solidarity and optimism, something we all need now more than ever.
It is easy to panic about our personal situations during times like these, but small pockets of help are emerging. A HMRC helpline has launched to help businesses affected, organisations like The Film and TV Charity have a 24/7 support line through which people can access counselling, legal advice and financial grants, while trade unions like Bectu are working hard to lobby the Treasury to give further rights to those working within our industry.
As an industry we need to stand united, support each other and jointly find solutions to the challenges ahead. We may not know what the journey holds, but we do know there is some great film and TV to be made on the other side.
Keep safe. We will get through this together.
John Brennan, Group CEO, Procam Group