Film and TV Briefing: Friday 24 July 2020

Posted: July 23, 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 MPs call for government to set up emergency film and TV insurance fund (Deadline).

Bectu raises concerns over freelancers feeling forced to sign ‘unethical’ coronavirus contracts (Broadcast).

Claims Turkish Netflix drama cancelled as government refused licence over gay character (BBC).

ExcludedUK All Party Parliamentary Group calls for more support for freelancers (Broadcast).

SAG-AFTRA ratifies new master contract for films and TV (Variety)

UK culture minister criticises actions of the BBC (Broadcast).

UK box office growth stunted by studios delaying releases (Screen Daily).

2020 Venice film festival reveals classics lineup (Hollywood Reporter).

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

Latest on UK cinema reopening dates (Screen Daily).

Features and commentary

How Bristol’s Bottle Yard studios are returning to production (The Guardian).

The decline of cable TV (Variety).

A look at the BBC’s all-person-of-colour “A Suitable Boy” (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

Bectu criticises the UK government’s response to the crisis in the arts (Bectu).

Exemption to quarantine rules expanded to apply to entire UK (Pact).

Equity launches campaign against racist reviews (Equity).

Resources

RTS event: “The Future of Shows”, 28 July (RTS).

Upcoming ScreenSkills events (ScreenSkills).

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP