Film and TV Briefing: Friday 1 October 2021

October 1, 2021
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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.

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

Return of “Strictly Come Dancing” accompanied by debate over vaccination status (Guardian)

“Call It!” app launches for staff of UK productions to report workplace bullying and harassment (Variety)

Lawsuit brought by Evil Knievel’s son over “Toy Story 4” character dismissed by judge (BBC)

Cinemas prepare for release of “No Time To Die” by hiring extra staff (Guardian)

The “Big Four” US talent agencies may become the “Big Three” (Variety)

Fire alarm at Red Bee Media causes loss of service on multiple UK TV channels (Televisual)

Netflix surprised by unexpected Korean hit “Squid Game (IndieWire)

Amazon launches IMDb TV, its advertising-funded platform, in the UK (ScreenDaily)

Fans who register for DC online event offered free NFTs (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ofcom report reveals loss of diverse talent across TV and radio broadcasters (Broadcast)

Critics’ response to “No Time To Die (Guardian)

WarnerMedia CEO discusses the shift to day-and-date releases on HBO Max and in cinemas (Variety)

BBC may lose rights to broadcast London Marathon (Guardian)

Features and commentary

A look ahead to the Oscars following festival season (Guardian)

How Bond films capture the zeitgeist (Guardian)

Industry announcements

Guidelines on working together for writers and directors launched by Directors UK and WGGB (WGGB)

BFI London Film Festival industry programme (BFI)

Pact relaunches Indie Diversity Scheme (Pact)


WFTV upcoming events schedule (WFTV)

BFI resources and support (BFI)

Legal updates

BBC Network and BBC Regional/National co-commissions: PACT advice when negotiating a PPA for a co-commission (Pact

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