June 27, 2008
Statement From Motion Picture &Amp; Television Fund CEO David Tillman, M.D., Regarding a Potential Actor’s Strike
The following statement was issued by David Tillman, M.D., president and CEO of The Motion Picture & Television Fund:
"During the recent writer's strike, we saw many entertainment industry workers and their families suffer great financial hardship. Even though the strike is over, the need for financial help is not. Since the strike began on November 5, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has helped thousands of industry workers, including more than 2,000 families, and distributed almost $1 million in financial assistance. To this day, we are still getting new requests for assistance as a direct result of the strike. The number of calls coming in has been twice the usual amount."If an agreement can't be reached, MPTF will be there to relieve some of the financial duress on industry workers affected by a stop in production, as well as those still recovering from the writer's strike. We would expect the need this time to be higher because many industry workers have depleted their savings and now have no financial cushion on which to fall back.
"Within the far-reaching economic impact of the writer's strike on Southern California, documented by the Milken report and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, were entertainment industry workers struggling to support themselves and their families. These are the people MPTF exists to serve."
The non-profit Motion Picture & Television Fund, headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif., was founded in 1921 to provide "relief" for those in the film industry who had fallen on hard times. Today, 86 years later, MPTF is a major service provider supporting the health and well being of the entertainment community. Healthcare, childcare, retirement living and social/charitable services are offered with compassion and respect for the dignity of the whole person. Care is offered through the MPTF 250-bed hospital, six outpatient health centers, charitable financial assistance and community outreach programs, a full-scale retirement community and a children's day care center. More information is available at www.mptvfund.org.
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SOURCE: Motion Picture & Television Fund