Film and TV Briefing: Friday 1 September 2023

September 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

US late-night talk show hosts join forces to try raise money for their writers and crew (BBC) 

Chief negotiator of SAG-AFTRA, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, provides update on negotiations with AMPTP (Bectu)

MPs criticise the government’s handling of a proposed copyright exemption relating to AI (The Guardian)

Guy Goma, who featured in the viral BBC identity mix up interview in 2006, plans to sue broadcaster for share of the royalties (Broadcast)

BAFTA survey shows a third of members are considering quitting the British television industry (Deadline)

Romesh Ranganathan and Tom Davis to host reboot of the classic gameshow ‘Takeshi's Castle’ (The Guardian)

Aaron Korsh, creator of ‘Suits’, confirms the palace requested edits to scripts involving Meghan (The Guardian)

Lionsgate reintroduces mask mandate following spike in positive tests for Covid-19 (The Guardian)

Sean Penn and Dakota Johnson among those expected to attend this year’s Toronto Film Festival (Deadline)

Features and commentary

Netflix’s planned expansion into gaming (BBC)

Why some streaming services are axing finished shows (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

Ex-BBC director general, Sir Mark Thompson, has been appointed as CNN chief executive (BBC)

After 14 years of no increase, BBC updates its tariffs (Pact)

James Corden and Emma Thompson to speak at the RTS Cambridge Convention 2023 (RTS)


The Culture, Media and Sport Committee publishes new report titled “Connected tech: AI and creative technology” focussing on the creative and entertainment potentials of connected tech (

Watch Louis Theroux’s lecture at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival (Edinburgh TV Festival)

Pact’s Sustainability Monthly: sustainability-themed programming (Pact)

Legal updates

US judge dismisses claim brought by Ana de Armas fans over the actress not appearing in a film she featured in the trailer for (BBC)

Open consultation on the renewal of local TV licences (

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