Film and TV Briefing: Friday 14 August 2020

Posted: August 14, 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 economy in record slump as cinemas get ready to re-open (Deadline).

Amazon to donate $6m to support European film, TV and theatre production community (The Guardian).

Fox News to return to the UK as a subscription streaming service (Broadcast).

2,500-seater socially distanced venue opens in Newcastle (Variety).

Pen America study warns that China continues to exert damaging influence on Hollywood (The Guardian).

Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions signs first-look deal with Apple (Variety).

2020 film festivals and markets: latest dates, postponements and cancellations (Screen Daily).

Cinema chain AMC to charge 15 cents a ticket on opening day (Variety).

Experts say Donald Trump’s war against TikTok flouts free speech (Hollywood Reporter).

Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson the highest-paid male actor for the second year in a row (BBC).

Features and commentary

How coronavirus has accelerated trends in the consumption of film and TV (Broadcast).

The tale of a battle over stolen film props (Hollywood Reporter).

What the return of COVID-19 means for Hollywood productions in New Zealand (Variety).

Industry announcements

Pact and Equity agree pre-filming self-isolation fee for cast (Pact).

Ofcom’s annual news consumption report suggests fewer people getting their news from social media (Ofcom).

RTS Student Television Awards 2021 opens for entries (RTS)

Resources

RTS Event: AI in Lockdown: an Indie’s Innovation, Wednesday 19 August (RTS).

Coronavirus: basic awareness on production training (ScreenSkills).

Upcoming Women in Film and TV events (WFTV).

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP