Film and TV Briefing: Friday 11 September 2020

Posted: September 11, 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

DCMS lobbies treasury for insurance scheme extension into 2021 (Broadcast).

Why Disney’s Mulan is causing such controversy (The Guardian).

Diversity performance on Britain’s Got Talent attracts more than 10,000 complaints (BBC).

Broadcast unveils Digital Awards shortlist (Broadcast).

Research reveals five-year decline of BBC3 viewing figures (Broadcast).

Are film festival jurors failing the industry? (Variety).

Mipcom 2020 to move fully online (Screen Daily).

Regina King becomes first African-American female director at Venice Film Festival (The Guardian).

2020 film festival updates (Screen Daily).

Latest news on cinema reopening dates in the UK (Screen Daily).

Features and commentary

A look at what can be done to tackle digital piracy (Broadcast).

Reed Hastings comments on the future of Netflix (Variety).

What is behind the recent success of niche streaming platforms? (Screen Daily).

A day on a post-coronavirus film set (Variety).

Industry announcements

HMRC publishes new guidance relating to actors’ and performers’ employment status (Pact).

Industry figures welcome culture secretary’s plans for reopening theatres (The Stage).

Equity reveals “four pillar plan” for recovery (Equity).

Resources

Free training opportunities for indies based in the Nations and Regions (Pact).

ScreenSkills online training courses (ScreenSkills).

Upcoming Women in Film and TV events (WFTV).

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP