Film and TV Briefing: Friday 10 December

December 10, 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

2021 sees a record-breaking flurry of festive releases (BBC)

Michael Sheen announces he is a “not-for-profit actor” after organising 2019 Homeless World Cup (Guardian)

Disney’s “West Side Story” banned in several Middle Eastern countries (Variety)

Face masks required in cinemas in England from December 10 (Screen Daily)

Director’s debut feature “After Love” wins six British independent film awards (Guardian)

Creator of “BoJack Horseman” raises money for charity by releasing pulled scene (Deadline)

Upcoming “Spider-Man” film breaks record for advance ticket sales in the UK (Guardian)

PSBs commit to avoid using catch-all acronym “BAME” following BBC commissioned report (Broadcast)

Grange Hill” creator criticises “non-contentious” programming, as he calls for soaps to “tackle the real social issues” (BBC)

David Tennant questions political focus of the Government’s plans for more “British” content (Guardian)

Features and commentary

A profile of Barbara Broccoli and why she has earned “a licence to chill” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Discovery Inc. CEO, David Zaslav, looks ahead to merger with WarnerMedia (Variety)

EVCOM Awards: BFI curator reviews the corporate film sector’s response to 2021 (BFI)

Industry announcements

BAFTA announces its UK and US breakthrough creatives for 2021 (BAFTA)

Writers’ Guild Awards: Shortlist revealed (WGGB)


A guide to information security for producers (Pact)

Guidance on working safely during Covid-19 (British Film Commission)

The Omicron variant and self-isolation (Pact)

Legal updates

The ICO’s data sharing guidance (Pact)

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