Film and TV Briefing: Friday 23 July 2021

Posted: July 23, 2021

Welcome to this week’s round-up of news, commentary and industry announcements that you may have missed from the past week.

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In the news

Space Jam’ nets £23.8m in its opening weekend to overtake ‘Black Widow’ to top US box office (BBC)

Cannes winners list (IndieWire)

Delays threaten BBC Three’s planned return to broadcast TV (Guardian)

Mandatory vaccinations may be an option on US productions (Deadline)

Creative industries can lead the UK’s economic recovery states Creative UK report (Televisual)

Lead singer of Sex Pistols rejected opportunity to be portrayed in ‘The Crown (Variety)

Tilda Swinton’s dogs victorious at ‘Palm Dog’, canine alternative to Cannes (Guardian)

GB News presenter quits following suspension for taking the knee (BBC)

Social distancing measures remain in place in most of England’s cinemas (ScreenDaily)

Netflix targets mobile devices in efforts to increase its share of screen time (The Hollywood Reporter)

Use of AI to fake the voice of Antony Bourdain in new documentary causes controversy (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Popular cartoons shaped by censorship (BFI)

Entertainment genre experiences a resurgence (Televisual)

Industry announcements

BAFTA confirms newly elected committee positions (BAFTA)


Equity guide to good practice when working with autistic artists (Equity)

Covid-19 update for indies (Pact)

WFTV event schedule (WFTV)

Legal Updates

Consultation on draft guidance for on-demand programme service providers to protect users from harmful material (Ofcom)

Ofcom issues statement on the future of Public Service Media (Pact)

Astrid BulmerAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP