Film and TV Briefing: Friday 27 August 2021

Posted: August 27, 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

Screenwriter calls for television companies to have a disabled actor quota (Guardian)

BBC and Netflix partner to develop productions by disabled creatives (Televisual)

Birmingham City University report finds industry still lacks diversity (BBC)

ITV’s director of television addresses “Love Island” viewing figures (Deadline)

Channel 4 to give indies data on production performance (Televisual)

Filmmakers in Hong Kong concerned by proposed legal changes to censorship system (Variety)

Netflix wants to “redefine” the look and feel of British films (ScreenDaily)

UK broadcasters, streaming services and unions unveil The Freelance Charter (Televisual)

No time for delay as opening date set for next Bond film (IndieWire)

Netflix’s unscripted commissioners reassurance that focus is not solely on big-budget projects (Broadcast)

TV production company owned by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sold in administration deal (Guardian)

Unexpected success of “Free Guy” due to Ryan Reynolds’ innovative marketing (Hollywood Reporter)

Channel 4 and luxury fashion brand Balmain create new short form drama series (Televisual)

Features and commentary

Leaks can help create or sustain anticipation for films (Guardian)

Should there be more support for promising British directors? (Guardian)

Why there may be an autumn resurgence in cinema-going (Guardian)

Industry announcements

PGGB and BFC announce first mentees under Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme (Televisual)

Resources

Safe working guidance for post-production and VFX (UK Screen Alliance)

BFC COVID-19 guidance (updated 16 August) (BFC)

Juliane AlthoffAssociate Solicitor, Simkins LLP