Film and TV Briefing: Friday 3 July 2020

Posted: July 3, 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

BBC iPlayer sees record streaming numbers during lockdown (Broadcast).

New coronavirus cases may delay the return of Hollywood productions (Variety).

ITV Studios and BMG form global partnership  (Broadcast).

Academy Awards continue to push to diversify (The Guardian).

How distancing rules will affect the reopening of UK cinemas (BBC).

FilmLA reports permit applications are at 20% of the pre-pandemic level (Variety).

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

UK Cinema industry on course for worst year since 1996 (The Guardian),

EU travel expansion raises hopes for international production (Screen Daily).

WGA studio deal impacted by coronavirus pandemic (Hollywood Reporter).

Features and commentary

Directing Old, Alone and Stuck at Home and Grayson’s Art Club under lockdown (Directors UK).

Is Black representation in Hollywood changing?  (Variety).

Hollywood’s complex relationship with the police (Hollywood Reporter).

The Stage calls for Government action to save UK theatre (The Stage).

Industry announcements

Bectu: Government misses opportunity to save national cultural infrastructure (Bectu).

WGGB: Broadcasters should ‘follow BBC’s lead’ on diversity (WGGB).

Resources

Free online events from BAFTA (BAFTA)

ScreenSkills launches free online safety training designed to support workers returning to production (ScreenSkills)

WFTV online seminar on music in TV production, 9 July (WFTV)

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP