Film and TV Briefing: Friday 13 August 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

Commissions for the BBC’s new Factual, Arts and Classical Music revealed (Televisual)

Viral twitter thread transformed into film (BBC)

“I Am Legend” co-writer dismisses anti-vaccination claims based on the film’s plot (IndieWire)

Discovery Inc may be forced to sell its stake in the TVN group by controversial Polish media bill (Variety)

Record number of complaints for episode of “Love Island” featuring row between contestants (Guardian)

New York Film Festival announces titles for mainly in person autumn event (IndieWire)

Netflix orders more reality (Broadcast)

Government offers Live Events Reinsurance Scheme (Televisual)

US owner of Odeon chain to allow payment in cryptocurrency by end of the year (BBC)

Film critics resistant to studios’ return to in-person screenings (IndieWire)

Apology for Almodóvar after Instagram censors poster for “Parallel Mothers” (Variety)

Spanish filmmakers critical of Johnny Depp’s Film Festival honour (The Hollywood Reporter)

SAG President issues statement in support of Scarlett Johansson (

Features and commentary

A change of direction for superhero movies (Guardian)

Why comedians feel that cancel culture is stifling comedy and why they may be wrong (Guardian)

Industry announcements

Emmys relocates outdoors as concern over Delta variant rises in US (Variety)

Survey based on ethnicity names ITV and All3 Media as the best places to work (Televisual)


BFC guidance for working safely during Covid-19 (BFC)

Information and resources from ScreenSkills (ScreenSkills)

Legal Updates

Ingenious Media successful in latest episode in legal proceedings with HMRC (ScreenDaily) (the full judgment can be found here)

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