Film and TV Briefing: Friday 11 March 2022

March 11, 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.

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

British film industry hopes that “The Batman” will mark the start of a ‘post-pandemic blockbuster boom’ (The Guardian)

Ukrainian directors demand cultural boycott of Russian ‘propaganda’ (The Guardian)

Broadcasters collaborate on disability passports to facilitate accessibility and inclusivity (Broadcast)

BBC News reporters resume broadcasts from Russia in the wake of strict new media law (BBC)

ITV adds ‘Reality and Acquisitions’ department with move to genre-based commissioning (Televisual)

“Taskmaster” launches its own streaming service to give viewers outside the UK access to series (The Guardian)

Russia’s cinema chains to feel the effect of Hollywood’s exit (The Hollywood Reporter)

A24, studio behind “Moonlight” and “Uncut Gems” gains $225m equity investment (Variety)

European Film Academy issues condemnation of the Ukraine invasion after prominent Ukrainian director resigned in protest (The Guardian)

ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund to increase investment to £10m in 2022-23 (ScreenSkills)

Netflix suspends its service in Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine (Variety)

BBC Studios’ Writers’ Academy to focus on original series (Televisual)

Emmanuel Macron pledges to remove French TV licence fee as part of re-election campaign (Broadcast)

Features and commentary

Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2022: what to watch (BFI)

IndieWire’s list of 20 films and TV shows to look out for at SXSW (IndieWire)

Industry announcements

Executive producers invited to attend BBC’s Impartiality Standards Briefing (Pact)

The BFI announces the latest recipients of its UK Global Screen Fund (BFI)


Where to watch all the Oscar and Bafta nominees in the UK (The Guardian)

PACT’s updated Covid TV Production Guidance (Pact)


Legal updates

PACT guidance for employers on pregnancy and maternity (Pact)

PACT guidance note on work related stress (Pact)

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