Film and TV Briefing: Friday 12 April 2024

April 12, 2024
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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

Lineup for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival is revealed (IndieWire)

Margot Robbie and Hasbro team up to produce ‘Monopoly’ movie (The Guardian)

International writer guilds set out an “ethical framework” on using AI in screenwriting (Variety)

Leading Freemantle exec was the victim of a $1m “CEO fraud” scam after being targeted by cyber criminals (Deadline)

‘Bridget Jones 4’ cast revealed with Leo Woodall joining Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant (BBC)

NBCUniversal expects to receive more than $1.25 billion in advertising commitments for the Paris Olympics (Variety)

BBC to split its India operations following 2023 raids (The Guardian)

The latest news on the upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ TV series (Deadline)

Winnersh Film Studios goes into administration after the 2023 strikes created “cashflow problems” (BBC)

Pact’s concerns over the BBC’s recently published Annual Plan for 2024-25 (Pact)

SAG-AFTRA seeks AI protections under California law (Variety)

Disney releases the board seat vote count from its 3 April shareholders’ meeting (Variety)

President of the National Association of Theatre Owners in the US encourages the creation of a “variety of movies”, not just blockbusters (Variety)

Francis Ford Coppola to debut passion project, ‘Megalopolis’, at Cannes film festival (The Guardian) 

Lewis Hamilton on turning down a role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ (IndieWire)

Woody Allen discusses whether he would consider directing a film again (IndieWire)

Features and commentary

IndieWire’s 2024 Emmy predictions (IndieWire)

Chris Packham on neurodiverse talent and ‘Inside our Autistic Minds’ (Royal Television Society)

Review of ‘Back to Black’, the new Amy Winehouse biopic (The Hollywood Reporter)

Industry announcements

The Writers Guild publishes its policy position statement on AI (WGGB)

George Lucas to be recognised with an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival (IndieWire)

Oscars 2025 ceremony date released (ScreenDaily)


Pact’s ‘AI Principles and Guidance’ now available to its members (Pact)

Legal updates

Paramount wins copyright lawsuit brought by heirs of the author of the magazine story that inspired the original ‘Top Gun’ (The Hollywood Reporter)

Netflix sued by Artisti 7607, an Italian collecting company that represents local talent, over residuals (Variety)

Mohamed Amersi succeeds at a preliminary hearing in alleged defamation case against the BBC over ‘Panorama’ documentary about the British businessman (Variety)

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