It is not only cinemas, productions, distributions and festivals that are heavily affected by the crisis linked to the Covid-19 emergency, which has hit the cinema sector, but the whole world inextricably linked to the entertainment industry, such as our site Comingsoon.it.
Comingsoon e Anicaflash they adhere to the appeal of Gianluca Curti, president of the National Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Cinema and Audiovisual sector, which asks the Government to extend the compensation of Ristori and Ristori-Bis decrees a all companies related to the entertainment industry, such as, but not limited to, the online digital publishers specializing in cinema. Below is the complete text of the press release.
In this renewed moment of national health and economic crisis, the Covid-19 emergency is again having heavy repercussions on the 360 ° cinema sector: operation, production, distribution, festivals.
However, a whole parallel world that is inextricably linked to the entertainment industry is also affected: vertical online digital publishers specialized in cinema, press offices, social and communication agencies, events and promotions specialized in the management of cinema launches. Suddenly even this type of company – heterogeneous among themselves, but all united by a great passion for this cultural industry and indispensable for its development – found itself without content to launch, without customers and without advertising investments, with a situation of total block which will then have to find a very difficult normality when the emergency is back. We are talking about dozens of companies and hundreds of employees, employees and / or freelancers, at risk of survival.
A representative pool of this vast support sector already in March – when the epidemic broke out and the first closure of the cinema system – had decided by mutual agreement to bring their immediate and future needs to the attention of Mibact and the Ministry of Economic Development, requesting, among other things, tax relief to incentivize smart working, suspension of tax, contribution and welfare payments and, since then, the possibility of being included in the scope of implementation of the Extraordinary Fund (Article 89 of the Decree).
“In this new-found emergency – underlines the president of CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo, Gianluca Curti – the government has guaranteed with the Ristori and Ristori-Bis Decrees compensation for all the activities closed due to the restrictions adopted to contain the pandemic, but unfortunately all the companies in question, not falling within the Ateco codes provided for by the Decrees, are not entitled to this form of support while they should have it because they are comparable in all respects to cinemas. If the government closes the cinemas in fact in parallel it closes the work of companies that make a living from the theatrical release of films. Consequently, we ask that this type of company also be included among the companies benefiting from the compensation regardless of the heterogeneous Ateco reference codes, being companies vertically specialized in a sector, the traditional film industry , which from the first lockdown has never really restarted and that for its peculiarities – concludes Curti – risk remaining substantially closed until late spring “.