Film and TV Briefing: Friday 7 August 2020

Posted: August 7, 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

ITV group revenue drops 17% as coronavirus shuts down in-house productions (Deadline).

Disney announces “Mulan” to bypass cinemas (Variety).

Film production slow to restart in Los Angeles (Hollywood Reporter).

BBC in dispute over BBC Wales funding (Broadcast).

Misconduct claims on Ellen DeGeneres Show investigated (Variety).

SAG-AFTRA agrees deal over TV animation (Variety).

Bectu scrutinises working hours for freelancers (Broadcast).

Venice film festival returns after lockdown (The Guardian).

Cinemark does not endorse proposed 17-day theatrical window (Hollywood Reporter).

Sony makes $230 Million quarterly profit (Hollywood Reporter).

Features and commentary

Ofcom study says UK residents watched TV for 40% of waking hours during lockdown (The Guardian).

Thieves make $1 billion a year reselling TV shows (Bloomberg).

BAFTAs reward diversity (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

BBC iPlayer breaks records with best-ever first half of the year (BBC).

BFI announces events at reopened Southbank venue (BFI).

Legal Updates

Government backed film and TV production restart scheme – details so far (Simkins LLP).

Resources

15% off mental health first aid for film and TV course, 21st – 24th September (Pact).

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.