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The Government extends its Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

Since October 2020, and to give a much-needed boost to the UK’s revered film and television production Industry, the Government unveiled a new £500million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme. In March 2021, it was announced the scheme will be extended to the end of December.

Updated 5 March 2021

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme was designed to resume those filming and productions which were halted or delayed due to Covid-19. In the UK, the film and television production industry contributes over £12 billion each year to the Economy and supports more than 180,000 jobs. During the UK’s first lockdown, a lack of insurance to protect against future losses incurred from Covid-19 halted production across the industry. 

The Restart Scheme sought to fill the gap left by productions’ standard insurance policies. It provides a guarantee to underwrite coronavirus-related losses for cast member and crew illnesses and filming delays or disruptions caused by the UK’s lockdown measures.

The Scheme is available to compensate productions after they have restarted. It will only cover costs incurred due to delays or abandonment as a result of Covid-19.  For more information about the Scheme see here.

Qualifying productions and what to expect

Productions qualifying for the Scheme are those which:

Productions will also need to:

The Government has indicated:

Comprehensive details about the scheme, its eligibility process and claims system can be found here.

Get in touch with our specialists

For more information contact our Film and TV Production specialist advisers – Steve Joberns, Stewart Jell and Gurvir Cheema.

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