Film and TV Briefing: Friday 2 July 2021

Posted: July 2, 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

Transition period for over-75s free TV licence due to end in July (BBC)

Spending on content globally reaches record levels (Televisual)

First “Love Island” episode airs to reduced figures with competition from Euros (Guardian)

BAFTA pledges to hit diversity targets by 2025 (ScreenDaily)

Reverend Richard Coles calls for more realistic depictions of alcoholism on TV (Guardian)

Sky rolls out enhanced anti-harassment and bullying policies (Televisual)

Tarantino expands “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to other media (IndieWire)

Indie led by “Inbetweeners” star forges deal with BBC Studios (Broadcast)

$1 million fine for Fox News to settle case over violation of New York City human rights laws (Deadline)

First look at “Sopranos” film due for release on 1 October (The Hollywood Reporter)

Features and commentary

Twenty of Channel 4’s most talked-about shows (Guardian)

Can other blockbusters replicate the success of “Fast & Furious 9”? (Variety)

Industry announcements

Third round of Culture Recovery Fund funding to open shortly (Arts Council)

BFI announces UK Skills Review into the future of the industry (BFI)


WFTV upcoming events (WFTV)

Information and resources from ScreenSkills (ScreenSkills)

Legal Updates

Changes to furlough scheme effective from 1 July 2021 (Pact)

Clarification of the 75% rule following PMA best practice guidelines (Pact)

Juliane AlthoffAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP