Film and TV Briefing: Friday 12 June 2020

Posted: June 12, 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

London’s largest film and TV studio set to open this summer (Deadline).

“Gone with the Wind” temporarily removed from HBO Max following protests (The Guardian).

Female filmmakers demand action to address inequality following BAFTA nominations (Broadcast).

Hollywood studios and SAG-AFTRA agree new 3-year deal (Variety).

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor elections increase diversity (Variety).

Ban on film and TV shooting in Moscow is lifted (Variety).

Entertainment One appoints Michael Lombardo as Head of Global TV (Hollywood Reporter).

A roundup of the latest film festival updates, postponements and cancellations (Screen Daily).

Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity calls for increased diversity and equal pay (Hollywood Reporter).

Cinemas look at steps toward reopening worldwide (BBC).

Features and commentary

Is VR the future of the film industry? (Indiewire).

Industry experts ponder the potential changes to film sets due to coronavirus (CNBC).

Should scripts be reviewed for negative stereotypes? (Hollywood Reporter).

How YouTube is changing our television viewing habits (Forbes).

Industry announcements

Bectu pledges to support the fight against racism (Bectu).

Pact looks at the two metre distancing guidelines in film and TV production (Pact).

RTS panel discusses mental health in the TV industry (RTS).

Legal Updates

Government announces extension of furlough deadline for parents returning from family leave (Simkins LLP).

Resources

Screen Talks panel to examine how the new coronavirus guidelines can help independent film producers, 16 June (Screen Daily).

RTS lunchtime session to look at getting back into production during the coronavirus pandemic, 17 June (RTS).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP