Film and TV Briefing: Friday 4 September 2020

Posted: September 4, 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

Prince Harry and Meghan sign multi-year deal with Netflix (Variety).

BFI report calls for film industry to address carbon emissions (Guardian).

Most popular shows on Netflix (in the US) revealed (Variety).

SAG-AFRA and AMPTP ratify three-year TV animation contract (Hollywood Reporter).

77th edition of The Venice Film Festival begins (Screen Daily).

BFI London Film Festival to launch LFF Expanded, a new virtual reality strand (Screen Daily).

BBC U-turn over ‘Rule, Britannia!’ at the Proms (BBC).

Agents discuss adaptation trends at the Edinburgh TV Festival (Broadcast).

Launch of ‘Directors Now’, a new industry tool aimed at young filmmakers (Broadcast).

Features and commentary

A round-up of film industry coronavirus support initiatives (Screen Daily).

The Stage investigates how other island nations have managed the effects of the pandemic on their arts sectors (The Stage).

Opinion on reports the BBC is to address perceived ‘left-wing bias’ in comedy (Guardian).

Industry announcements

Government opens Kickstart Scheme for employers in England, Scotland and Wales (Pact).

STV acquires Barefaced TV (Broadcast).

ATG and BECTU disagree over redundancy pay for casual workers (The Stage).

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