Film and TV Briefing: Friday 18 September 2020

Posted: September 18, 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 Government sets out details of £500 insurance plan to restart production (Variety).

#CancelNetflix campaign gathers traction after claims that new film sexualizes young actors (The Guardian).

ExCel London reinvents itself as 1 million sq ft film studio (Broadcast)

BBC to make cuts to programming to pump funds into existing content (Broadcast).

Global success but U.S box office slump for Nolan’s Tenet (Hollywood Reporter).

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

Sky demands access to government funding for non-Public Service Broadcasters (Broadcast).

WarnerMedia leaders address reports of poor workplace culture (Hollywood Reporter).

Netflix viewing data emerges (Broadcast).

Young Vic artistic director lends his support to the Seat Out to Help Out scheme (The Stage).

Features and commentary

Halle Berry discusses changing industry attitudes (Screen Daily).

Following muted box office for Tenet, what do studios need to do next? (Deadline).

Steve Anderson discusses producing in lockdown (Broadcast).

Industry announcements

Equity issues statement of intent on anti-racism (Equity).

Government to issue further guidance on insurance scheme (Pact).

Legal updates

The end of the coronavirus job retention scheme (Simkins LLP).

Resources

Free training opportunities for indies based in 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