Netflix Reactivates Mexico’s Film Industry with Local TalentBy Alessa Flores | Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:10
The COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted the entertainment industry, from the filming of movies and series to plays, concerts, cinemas, music festivals and countless events that have been canceled and postponed until further notice. Globally, entertainment is expected to lose more than US$160 billion and take up to five years to recover, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Likewise, according to Merca 2.0 estimates, the entertainment industry along with tourism, have been the most affected in Mexico.
Now let’s jump into the Week in Talent!
Netflix Plans to Reactivate the Entertainment Industry in Mexico.
Francisco Ramos, Director of Original Content at Netflix Latin America, explained to Expansión that the platform has offered some options to revive the Mexican economy through the entertainment industry. The plan is based on funds granted to the Mexican Academy of Cinematography (AMACC) and the revival of series such as Control Z and Luis Miguel. "We are committed to Mexico and excited about productions to come. The stories unite us and now we need that more than ever," Ramos explained.
The Support Fund COVID-19 for the Film and Audiovisual Industry launched by AMACC and Netflix has helped 1,473 workers in the sector in more than 20 states with a total of MX$29.5 million (US$1.3 million). Also, today at 8:00 p.m., AMACC on its official site will hold the 62nd celebration of the Ariel Awards with 157 films participating in more than 24 categories.
CONACYT: Mexico Has Great Talents in the Area of Science
María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, Director of CONACYT, explained that the development of medical ventilators strengthens scientific development in Mexico, according to a note by Dinero e Imagen. Álvarez-Buylla also stressed that although Mexico currently depends on foreigners for medical technology, CONACYT will seek to generate support to encourage the development of projects by Mexican talent. The first 100 percent Mexican fans have already been manufactured: Ehécatl 4T was designed and manufactured by CIDESI of Conacyt, while the Gätsi model is the result of the joint effort between the private company Dydetec, CONACYT and CIDESI. It is expected that with these new developments, Mexico will stop acquiring these devices abroad and will begin the production of 1,000 ventilators, which will result in savings as the ventilators presented by CONACYT are more affordable than the imported models.
Without Regulation, Home Office Can Become Labor Exploitation
On July 21, the Labor and Social Security Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved an initiative to regulate teleworking in Mexico. Teleworking or home-office will be considered as “the performance of remunerated activities without requiring the physical presence of the worker at a specific workplace and using information technology as a support and communication tool for contact between the worker and the employer," according to a note from the Economista.
Under this new regulation, the employer should provide the conditions of service, technological means and proper environment considered necessary for the home-office agreement, as well as establishing productivity and computer security measures. It should be noted that the report also stated that "the employer must bear the expenses that the worker incurs at home and it has to guarantee the conciliation between work hours and family life,” said Pablo Franco, President of the Union of Jurists of Mexico for the Economista. This is to prevent home office from becoming labor exploitation.