Film and TV briefing: Friday 29 May 2020

Posted: May 29, 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of news, commentary and industry announcements that you may have missed from the past week.

If you are looking for advice in relation to any of the issues mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In the news

It is likely that the Oscars 2021 will be deferred (Variety)

Key points from the HBO Max launch (Deadline)

Cineworld plans UK reopening (The Guardian)

New poll indicates customers may return to cinemas within a month of reopening (Hollywood Reporter)

The Tribeca Film Institute has put its operations on hold (Variety)

BCN Film Fest aims to stage a live on-site festival (Variety)

French cinemas to re-open from 22 June (Deadline)

Cinema reopening dates by country (Screen Daily)

Arts Council England’s Covid-19 response plan lasts until 2024 (The Stage)

Features and commentary

The impact of Covid-19 on film finance (Screen Daily)

Industry announcements

Changes made to how Film Academy governors are voted for (Hollywood Reporter)

‘We Are One’ film festival line-up published (Screen Daily)

Pact and Equity agree additional option under T45 Force Majeure clause (PACT, membership required)

Legal Updates

PACT and UK Broadcasters issue Covid-19 guidance for TV production (Simkins LLP, 19 May)


Free 6-month PACT membership for UK indies (PACT)

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP