Film and TV Briefing: Friday 11 December 2020

Posted: December 10, 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

Nolan leading charge over streaming fury (The Guardian).

C5 to expand slate of scripted dramas (Broadcast).

Cineworld sets March 2021 reopening date (Screen Daily).

Slow start for December box office in the UK and Ireland (Screen Daily).

BBC brings end to channel controller roles (Broadcast).

AT&T and WarnerMedia defend controversial HBO Max release plan (Screen Daily).

Rumours that Berlin Film Festival will be postponed (Deadline).

Hollywood insiders defend “essential worker” status amid criticism (Hollywood Reporter).

Former Radio 4 controller predicts BBC will be forced to cut services (Broadcast).

Covid-19 vaccine documentary from BBC and CNN to be released in 2021 (Hollywood Reporter).

Features and commentary

What would a streaming only world look like? (Variety).

Why lockdown has transformed the post-production sector for the better (Broadcast).

Celluloid Ceiling study shows women in film remain underrepresented (Variety).

Industry announcements

Ofcom stresses need for radical shakeup of broadcasting structure (Ofcom).

Pact and BBC agree new terms of trade for children’s programming (Pact).

Trusted News Initiative focusses on combatting spread of harmful vaccine disinformation (BBC).

Resources

Screen Skills new Covid-19 training for HoDs (Screen Skills).

BAFTA upcoming events (BAFTA).

WFTV upcoming events (WFTV).

David Whitehead, Associate Solicitor, Simkins LLP