Film and TV Briefing: Friday 23 April 2021

Posted: April 23, 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

Netflix faces backlash over forthcoming “Byron Baes” (BBC)

BBC Three reveals the majority of its comedies are female led (Televisual)

Cannes opener revealed (Variety)

Production begins on second Downton Abbey film (Guardian)

Apple TV+ sets eyes on Sky Q launch (Broadcast)

Morrissey unhappy with The Simpsons over Quilloughby character (BBC)

The rising popularity of feature films (Variety)

Crisis deepens at organisation behind the Golden Globes (Hollywood Reporter)

YouTube Originals focuses on sustainability (Broadcast)

Lower than predicted number of new subscribers sees Netflix shares fall (BBC)

BFI announces Mia Bays as new Director of BFI Film Fund (BFI)

Features and commentary

The rise of animations aimed at adults (Guardian)

Industry announcements

ScreenSkills and broadcasters announce new Unscripted TV Skills Fund (ScreenSkills)

Independent cinemas look to reopen on 17 May (Screen Daily)

BAFTA announces hosts for its television and television craft awards (BAFTA)

Tribeca Film Festival line up for 2021 (Deadline)

Resources

Weekly Covid-19 update for indies (PACT)

British Film Commission Covid-19 guidance (BFC)

Pact “Meet the Commissioner” session and upcoming events (PACT)

Legal Updates

Updates to the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme (Gov.uk)

Juliane AlthoffAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP