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Back To Work Campaign

The strikes are over,
the need is not

Back To Work Campaign

The strikes are over, the need is not

MPTF offers a variety of services that can provide emotional and financial relief to industry members and their families during times of need. Whether the hardship is personal or the result of an entertainment industry-wide event, MPTF is here when you need us most.

On November 14, 2023, MPTF announced its Back To Work campaign, raising additional funds to provide emergency relief assistance to crew members who have been financially impacted by the prolonged industry work stoppage. MPTF had been providing financial assistance to crew members whose financial conditions were ravaged by many months without work, and after MPTF’s open letter to the industry in mid-August, many answered the call for support. Lead gifts to Back To Work have been made by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, John Wells, Casey Wasserman, Peter Rice, Karen Rosenfelt, John Goldwyn, Denis Villeneuve, Kevin McCormick, Betsy Beers, Gary and Susan Martin and many others. If you donate to our Community Care Fund by clicking below, your gift of any amount will go directly to helping crew members in need.

“While the agreement between the WGA and AMPTP and the tentative agreement between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP are certainly encouraging, our crews will continue to struggle for many months to come,” said Bob Beitcher, MPTF President & CEO.  “The financial and emotional pain will not be flipped off like a light switch but will require months or longer to heal,” Beitcher continued. Since MPTF’s open letter to the industry in mid-August, many have answered the call for support.  MPTF is currently providing financial assistance at a rate of $500,000 per week to crew members whose financial condition has been ravaged by many months without work.

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“We must come together to invest in the future of our entertainment community and workforce,” said multi-hyphenate John Wells.  “We’ve been working with the many talented members of our long-time crew to help us get through this difficult period and wanted to extend a hand to the entire crew community,” remarked Wells. 

“We are thrilled that SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP have tentatively agreed to a new contract, but it will be a while before most of our industry colleagues are back at work, and the MPTF is going to play a vital part in supporting crews as they return to set,” said Oppenheimer producer Emma Thomas.

Back To Work came out of a recent MPTF board meeting, with many of our board members and long-time donors reflecting on the long tail this kind of work stoppage will have for our crews,” said Beitcher.  “This organization was built by Hollywood to take care of our own in times of need. And the need is great now and will be for some time to come,” added Beitcher.