Film and TV Briefing: Friday 22 January 2021

Posted: January 22, 2021

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

Plans for Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall to become TV and film studio (BBC)

Big names in film industry call for more government help for UK cinemas (Guardian)

UK government removes ‘television production’ and ‘high end television production and film’ from travel exemptions list (Guardian)

Vue Cinema founder and CEO shortlisted to become next chair of the BFI (Variety)

Critics’ Choice Awards 2021: TV nominees announced (Hollywood Reporter)

What will Biden’s presidency mean for Hollywood? (Screen Daily)

Netflix passes 200 million subscriber mark (Variety)

Oscar Wilde awards, celebrating Irish contributions to film and TV, called off due to Covid (Hollywood Reporter)

Venice Film Festival to include new award for best film in new ‘experimental works’ section (Hollywood Reporter)

Amazon attracts 49% of all new UK subscribers to paid streaming services in final quarter of 2020 (Guardian)

Five more to be added to expanded Oscars international feature shortlist (Screen Daily)

Features and commentary

The future of British television in the ‘on-demand’ era (Broadcast)

How the UK’s film and TV industry is stepping up during the pandemic (Screen Daily)

The boom in demand for UK studio space (Broadcast)

Industry announcements

Applications for Indielab Accelerator open now (Televisual)

Brexit: Joint statement issued by Federation of Entertainment Unions on lack of travel rights for UK artists (EQUITY)

Resources

BAFTA events (BAFTA)

Covid-19 Resources (British Film Commission)

Social distancing on set – Sony’s Guide to remote cinematography (Televisual)

Legal Updates

Quarantine exemptions for film and TV no longer apply (PACT)

Broadcaster production guidance updated (“TV Production Guidance: Managing the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in production making”) (PACT)

Astrid BulmerAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP