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U.K. COVID Insurance Scheme Extended by 6 Months

The groundbreaking initiative, which first launched in mid-2020 to help the industry get back on its feet amid the pandemic, will now provide cover for claims until June 2022.

The U.K.’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, the groundbreaking emergency £500 million ($647 million) insurance fund launched by the U.K. government last summer to help get the country’s indie sector moving out of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended by six months.

The latest extension, which will see the program open for applications until 30 April 2022, will provide cover for claims up to 30 June 2022. This will support an additional six months of film and TV production in the UK, protecting what the U.K government estimate are around 34,500 jobs, 400 productions and £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) of production spend.

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