Film and TV Briefing: Friday 26 March 2021

Posted: March 26, 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

Mastermind gets a new host (BBC)

Don Quixote adaptation finds UK distributor (Variety)

Cineworld announces reopening (BBC)

Disney plans simultaneous streaming and screen releases (Guardian)

Three projects to benefit from Curzon development fund (Screen Daily)

BBC plans to move roles out of London (BBC)

BAFTA hosts and awards weekend announced (BAFTA)

Producers Fast Track launched by Pact and Northern Film + Media (PACT)

Producers Guild Awards winners 2021 (Variety)

National Geographic’s biopic of Aretha Franklin faces criticism from singer’s family (BBC)

Features and commentary

Viewers pay the price for choice when it comes to streaming services (Guardian)

Cinema workers look to the future (BFI)

Virtual reality at SXSW points to possible future of film festivals (Indiewire)

25 pandemic film projects (Screen Daily)

Industry announcements

Free virtual Q&A with 2021’s BAFTA nominees open to public (BAFTA)

Content creators for E4’s social platforms announced (Channel 4)

Resources

BFI Covid-19 guidance and support (BFI)

Cinema release updates for UK and Ireland (Screen Daily)

PACT publishes IR35 guidance for Indies (PACT)

Covid-19 guidance from the British Film Commission (British Film Commission)

Legal Updates

No further investigation of BBC’s use of racially offensive language (Ofcom)

Juliane AlthoffAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP