Film and TV Briefing: Friday 05 August 2022

August 5, 2022
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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

Bectu rejects Pact’s proposal, meaning the Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement is set to terminate on 1 September 2022 (Pact)  

Warner Bros shelves “irredeemable” ‘Batgirl’ film despite shooting being complete (The Guardian)

BBC Studios set to receive MipCom’s inaugural Studio of Distinction award (Deadline)

Bectu’s statement following ballot on Pact’s proposal (Bectu)

BBC to open new ‘creative quarter’ site in Digbeth, Birmingham (Deadline)

10 biggest BFI distribution awards made in first half of 2022 (ScreenDaily)  

VFX artists speak out about mistreatment by Marvel, prompting calls for unionisation (The Guardian)

Fewer indies commissioned by BBC for second year in a row (Broadcast)

Georgia production incentive pushes film and TV spending in the state to $4.4bn (The Hollywood Reporter)

Warner Bros Discovery has commissioned 149 hours of new unscripted shows for the UK market (Variety)

‘Mock the Week’ to end after 17 years (Broadcast)

New exhibition on the history of radio and television to celebrate the BBC's 100th anniversary (BBC)

Features and commentary

‘Big Brother’ returns to ITV, but can it thrive? (Variety)  

Possible ramifications of the breakdown in negotiations between Pact and Bectu (Variety)


Industry announcements

Welsh production companies encouraged to sign up for new wellbeing pilot scheme (Bectu)  

BFI London Film Festival 2022 critics mentorship programme open for applications (BFI)



Government issues new guidance on employment rights for businesses (Pact)  

New report on IP rights in immersive technology (Pact)

New Construction Agreement Rate Card for 2022-23 (Pact)


Legal updates

Partner Jon Oakley analyses the outcome of the infamous ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case (Simkins)  

Netflix sues makers of ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ (IndieWire)  

Pact outlines the proposed changes to the UK GDPR in the data protection reform bill (Simkins)

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