Film and TV Briefing: Friday 20 November 2020

Posted: November 20, 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

Wonder Woman 1984 to debut on HBO Max and in cinemas simultaneously (Variety).

NFTS to establish new national hub in Wales (BBC).

Ofcom to follow “closely” enquiry into BBC Diana interview (The Guardian).

YouTube urges PSBs to simulcast shows (Broadcast).

Universal Pictures and Cinemark deal to redefine distribution landscape post-pandemic (Variety).

ITV highlights return of television advertising (Financial Times).

PSB chiefs demand ‘must carry’ for VOD players (Broadcast).

Tax credits programme draws productions to California (Hollywood Reporter).

Potential iPlayer-first approach from BBC (Broadcast).

Lockdown inspired Vicar of Dibley returns to screens for Christmas special (BBC)       .

Features and commentary

Universal and Cinemark early VOD deal, explained (Variety).

A busy year for documentary makers (Screen Daily).

UK film financiers discuss what investors will be looking for in 2021 (Screen Daily).

Industry announcements

Creative England seeks feedback on production services in England (Pact).

BAFTA announces breakthrough UK and USA talent 2020 (BAFTA).

British Independent Film awards long lists released for postponed 2020 awards (BIFA).

Legal Updates

Further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Simkins LLP).

Resources

BAFTA upcoming events (BAFTA).

ScreenSkills Coronavirus basic awareness training (Screen Skills).

WFTV upcoming events (WFTV).

Latest news on cinema reopenings (Screen Daily).

David WhiteheadAssociate, Simkins LLP