Film and TV Briefing: Friday 12 May 2023

May 12, 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

20 million tune in for King's Coronation (The Guardian)    

An interactive guide to this year’s Eurovision entries (BBC)

Disney+ to produce “lower volumes of content” amid cost-cutting drive (IndieWire)

‘Guardians  of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ director recognised with award from PETA (IndieWire)  

Disney+ loses 4m subscribers in first three months of 2023 (BBC)

ITV revenues down in Q1 2023 but its streaming service sees growth (Variety)  

Spain's plan to grow its entertainment sector (Variety)

Layoffs announced in the Showtime, MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks groups (Variety)

Oldenburg International Film Festival announces plans to enter the Metaverse (The Hollywood Reporter)

Conley Entertainment Group announces $100m equity fund (The Hollywood Reporter)

Writing of new 'Game of Thrones' prequel comes to a halt due to WGA strike action (The Guardian)

Features and commentary

Six film and TV writers discuss the WGA strike (The Guardian)  

10 Spanish female producers to follow in 2023 (Variety)

Spain’s plan to become a hotspot for film and television in Europe (Variety)

Industry announcements

Australia increases its 'Location Offset' rebate to 30% (Variety)  

Channel 4 launches new training scheme for disabled people (RTS)

Amazon Studios to licence its original shows and movies to third party platforms (IndieWire)

Pact to seek clarification on some aspects of the WGA strike (Pact)

Bonafide Films and BBC Studios announce development and distribution deal (Variety)  


The Studio Map’s list of upcoming UK studio space, and a map of existing UK studio space (Pact)  

Future North East, a development programme for production companies in the North East, is open for applications (Pact)

Key Mellor Screenwriters' Lab: applications for emerging female writers now open (Broadcast)

Legal updates

Updated Government guidance for organisations showing broadcasts on their premises (  

Ed Sheeran wins ‘Thinking Out Loud’ copyright case (Simkins)

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