Film and TV Briefing: Friday 12 August 2022

August 12, 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.

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In the news

Disney overtakes Netflix on total subscriber numbers for the first time (Deadline)

Bectu survey reveals racism remains prevalent in UK broadcasting industry (Bectu)

David Zaslav’s theatrical-first model for Warner Bros. Discovery (The Hollywood Reporter)

India’s new 30% cash rebate for productions (Deadline)

UKTV and Female Pilot Club launch initiative for comedy pilot scripts written by women (Royal Television Society)

Hollywood pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John (Variety)

SAG-AFTRA approves new three-year deal with Netflix (Deadline)

Fremantle indie acquisitions increases revenue by 8% (Broadcast)

How the winter World Cup may affect cinemagoing (ScreenDaily)

Bectu statement on the importance of intimacy coordinators following Sean Bean’s comments (Bectu)

Report finds only 10% of senior roles are held by women in India's film and TV industry (ScreenDaily)

‘Bullet Train’ makes $62.5 million globally on opening weekend (Variety)


Features and commentary

The future of HBO Max (The Guardian)

How ‘La Brea’ is reducing its carbon footprint (The Hollywood Reporter)


Industry announcements

New York Film Festival announces 2022 line-up (Variety)

BFI and CHANEL announce new Filmmaker Awards to celebrate creative audacity (BFI)

British Independent Film Awards receives boost in funding from BFI Audience Fund (ScreenDaily)

Sam Mendes’ ‘Empire’ to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival (Variety)



Independent Film Trust launches second US-US co-production initiative to increase screenwriter diversity (Variety)


Legal updates

Simkins’ Andrew Czechowski and Victoria Willson examine the recent Harpur Trust v Brazel decision and what it means for holiday pay (Simkins)

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