Film and TV Briefing: Friday 31 July 2020

Posted: July 31, 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

Government promises £500m insurance scheme to help film and TV production (The Guardian).

BBC to provide financial support to 650 public service freelancers (Broadcast).

Netflix receives 160 Emmy nominations (Variety).

Universal and AMC agree to limit theatrical window and share ensuing VOD revenue (Screen Daily).

CAA furloughs or lays off over 350 staff (Variety).

Venice Film Festival line-up revealed (Hollywood Reporter).

Cinemas reopening increases box office takings by 15.8% in the UK and Ireland (Screen Daily).

Sky Arts to be available on Freeview and Freesat from September (Broadcast).

Britbox to expand into 25 countries (Broadcast).

NFTS collaborates with Netflix, WarnerMedia on post-production course (Variety).

Features and commentary

A look at filmmaking in the age of Covid-19 (The Guardian).

Cameron Mackintosh warns West End shows could remain closed until summer 2021 (The Stage).

Sadiq Kahn warns that furlough changes will speed up redundancies (The Stage).

Industry announcements

BFI releases application guidelines for the £30m Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England (BFI).

Pact welcomes the government’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme (Pact).

Equity launches guide to good practice with BSL in the arts (Equity).

Legal Updates

Government announcement: employees must receive statutory redundancy payments based on normal pay, not furlough pay (Simkins LLP)

Resources

Upcoming ScreenSkills events (ScreenSkills).

Upcoming Royal Television Society events (RTS).

Upcoming Women in Film and TV events (WFTV).

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP