Film and TV Briefing: Friday 25 September 2020

Posted: September 25, 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 unveils new Covid-19 jobs support scheme (Deadline).

BAFTA launches radical overhaul of organisation (Screen Daily).

TV producers nervous as second UK lockdown looms (Broadcast).

Warner Bros. announces release date adjustments for tentpole films  (Indiewire).

BBC Studioworks launches new three-year talent scheme (Broadcast).

Cineworld reports £1.3bn loss and issues warning over future (The Guardian).

Strictly Come Dancing’s same-sex pairing supported in statement by BBC (Digitalspy).

TikTok banned by US Government as of 20 September (Variety).

Study assessing immigrant representation on TV reports over-emphasis on criminality (The Guardian).

#CancelNetflix fallout: cancellations increase almost eightfold (Variety).

Features and commentary

Anonymous in Hollywood: the life of a “Covid person” (Vulture).

Reconstruction comes to Hollywood (Hollywood Reporter).

Why the best TV gets inside women’s heads (The Guardian).

Legal Updates

Film & TV production restart scheme: draft rules published (Simkins LLP).

Industry announcements

Film and TV Charity announces new Covid-19 recovery fund (Pact).

Delayed BBC Annual Report released (BBC).

Resources

NFTS Leeds: Screenwriting Finding Your Voice Virtual Open Day (NFTS)

Post-lockdown legal considerations for productions (ScreenSkills).

Upcoming Women in Film and TV events (WFTV).

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP