Film and TV Briefing: Friday 10 July 2020

Posted: July 10, 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

UK government announces a £1.57bn support package for creative industries (BBC).

VAT in hospitality and leisure sectors to be cut to 5% (The Telegraph).

Sky given approval to build major film and TV studio in Elstree (Screen Daily).

Quarantine rules are eased for Hollywood productions in the UK (The Guardian).

Sony and Sky sign new content partnership deal (Hollywood Reporter).

Film festivals set to collaborate rather than compete for films in 2020 (Screen Daily).

Commercial broadcasters lobby government over fake online advertisements (Broadcast).

WGA sign new deal with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (Hollywood Reporter).

Latest on postponements and cancellations of 2020 film festivals (Screen Daily).

UK venues grateful for much needed Arts Council funding (The Stage).

Features and commentary

Will Covid-19 will leave US cinemas in inescapable debt? (Variety).

Pact looks at the prospect of filming abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic (Pact).

How Germany has successfully supported the creative industries during the pandemic (The Stage).

Industry announcements

Government announces agreements to allow TV and film production and sporting events to recommence (GOV.UK)

Bectu invites BAME workers to share views on how to improve diversity in the creative industries (Bectu).

Resources

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA)

ScreenSkills online course: producing TV during Covid – a production management perspective,14 July (ScreenSkills)

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP