Film and TV Briefing: Friday 1 December 2023

December 1, 2023
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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

Gotham Awards winners (Variety)

Sony Pictures agrees first-look deal with The Guardian (The Guardian)

‘Doctor Who’ moves away from residual model for writers of the new series (Deadline)

Ofcom claims Netflix has exaggerated threat of new streaming laws (Deadline)

BBC scales back the format of ‘Newsnight’ as part of its costs saving plan (BBC)

S4C’s ex-chief asks culture secretary to launch inquiry into the Welsh-language channel (The Guardian)

New Creative Diversity Network report shows increasing gender gap in key roles (Pact)

Praise from AI companies for US unions’ “balanced approach” to AI in new union agreements (Variety)

Key moments from Bob Iger’s Disney Town Hall (Deadline)

Alex Mahon, Channel 4’s chief executive says TV industry is suffering from the worst advertising slump in 15 years (The Guardian)

Open letter from documentary producers calls for guidelines for use of generative AI (The Hollywood Reporter)

Universal to replenish sold out stock of ‘Oppenheimer’ 4K Ultra HD discs (Deadline)

‘Napoleon’ at the top of the UK and Ireland box office (ScreenDaily)

Features and commentary

Serbia has become a competitive destination for foreign film shoots (Deadline)

Oppenheimer’s theatrical window: a case study on the value of delayed release (Indiewire)

The post-production industry continues to suffer following strikes (Indiewire)

The resurgence of the biopic (Variety)

Industry announcements

2023’s BAFTA Breakthroughs announced (BAFTA)

Film and TV Charity launches winter fundraising campaign (Film and TV Charity)


Pact’s policy update (Pact)

Rates under the Pact Equity Supporting Artist Agreement to be increased from January 2024 (Pact)

Legal updates

David Walliams and Fremantle settle misuse of private information claim (Deadline)

Key provisions of Influencer Agreements (Simkins)

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