Film and TV Briefing: Friday 4 December 2020

Posted: December 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

Netflix to declare UK revenues to tax authorities (Hollywood Reporter).

Rupert Murdoch’s UK news channel given go-ahead (The Guardian).

All3Media acquires Silverback (Broadcast).

BBC Studios announces ‘Inclusion Rider’ in bid to improve diversity (Televisual).

Vaccine sparks optimism for struggling Cineworld (Hollywood Reporter).

Neilsen report suggests streamers lead on diversity (Deadline).

Curzon boss calls for UK government funding (Screen Daily).

Quibi officially shuts down (Variety).

New Wonder Woman to have shorter cinema run but early PVOD release for UK (Variety).

MTV commits $250m to develop More BIPOC- and women-owned production companies (Hollywood Reporter).

Features and commentary

How Netflix could break Oscars best picture record in 2021 (Variety).

Brit List writers discuss best unproduced scripts from 2020 (The Brit List).

BBC’s Christmas TV line-up declared “worst ever” (The Independent).

Industry announcements

Pact and WFTV launch mentoring schemes (Broadcast).

Updates to Job Retention Scheme (Pact).

How different productions are managing the return to set (Screen Skills).


BAFTA upcoming events (BAFTA).

WFTV upcoming events (WFTV).

Latest news on cinema reopenings (Screen Daily).

David WhiteheadAssociate, Simkins LLP