Film and TV Briefing: Friday 14 May 2021

Posted: May 14, 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

Culture Secretary says Channel 4 could be privatised in next three years (Guardian)

UK Cinema Association chief concerned over Wales’ cinema reopening rules (BBC)

New ‘London International Smartphone Film Festival’ to celebrate smartphone films (Guardian)

Films applying for IWC bursary award will have to meet BFI Diversity Standards (BFI)

Golden Globes controversy: NBC drops ceremony and Tom Cruise returns awards (BBC)

Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association speak about ongoing controversy (Variety)

Advertising-dependent broadcasters optimistic about post-lockdown prospects (Guardian)

NFTS awards Sam Mendes an honorary fellowship (ScreenDaily)

Writers claim royalties are due from Disney since Lucasfilm and Fox acquisitions (Hollywood Reporter)

BBC edits out Prince Andrew joke from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Writers concerned over Marvel Studios’ decision not to use showrunners on its Disney+ shows (Variety)

Mothers onscreen (Guardian)

The evolving relationship between streamers and cinemas (IndieWire)

Industry announcements

Latest projects to receive ‘Young Audiences Content Fund’ support (BFI)

Channel 4 announces first phase of ‘4Skills’ training programmes (Channel 4)

‘FLAMIN Animations’ programme launched by Film London and Arts Council England (Televisual)

Resources

Restart virtual industry conference (Restart Conference 2021)

Weekly Covid-19 update for indies (Pact)

Legal Updates

Pact prepares to engage with broadcasters on Ofcom consultation on the Future of Public Service Media (Pact)

Astrid BulmerAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP