Film and TV Briefing: Friday 9 October 2020

Posted: October 9, 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

Cineworld confirms plans to close all US and UK cinemas (Independent).

Curtain raised on scaled-back BFI London Film Festival (Hollywood Reporter).

Covid-related claims to cost insurers millions (Bloomberg).

Production of new Jurassic World movie paused following positive Covid-19 cases (Screen Daily).

As multiplexes close, independent cinemas thrive (The Guardian).

BBC chair speculation continues (Broadcast).

Netflix facing criminal charges in Texas over ‘lewd visual material’ in Cuties (The Guardian).

Channel 4 chief hits back over privatisation talk (Broadcast).

Spitting Image producer says NBC backed out of show due to ‘nervousness’ (Deadline).

Wonder Woman director warns that film-going could ‘become extinct’ (BBC).

Features and commentary

Is delaying No Time to Die responsible for the Cineworld closures? (The Guardian).

How cinematographers are working with the new Covid protocols (Hollywood Reporter).

Former chair of Ipso looks at the potential appointment of Paul Dacre as chair of Ofcom (The Guardian).

Industry announcements

First 42 cinemas receive share of £30 Million Culture Recovery Fund (BFI).

Head of Bectu responds to Cineworld closures decision (Bectu).

Resources

Latest on cinema reopening dates (Screen Daily).

BAFTA programme of events (BAFTA).

Women in Film and TV events (WFTV).

David Whitehead, Associate, Simkins LLP