Film and TV Briefing: Friday 13 May 2022

May 13, 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

BAFTA TV Awards 2022: Full list of winners (BAFTA)

BBC to double comedy pilots and invest £10m in a bid to find the next comedy hit (The Guardian)

Disney+ beats forecasts with subscriber growth (Variety)

New Equity study finds workers in performing arts more likely to suffer poor mental health (Equity)

Netflix may launch ad-supported subscription tier by end of the year (Deadline)

This year’s “buzziest” titles at Cannes (The Hollywood Reporter)

Sequel to ‘This is Spinal Tap’ with the original director and cast to be released in 2024 (The Guardian)

European 2021 gross box office figures 59% down on pre-pandemic levels (The Hollywood Reporter)

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2022: Full list of nominees (Variety)

ASA report shows fall in children's exposure to age-restricted TV adverts (ASA)

Bectu's response to the proposed Media Bill in the Queen’s Speech (Bectu)

Ncuti Gatwa announced as the 14 Dr Who (BBC)

Cannes 2022: Full list of acquisitions (updated) (IndieWire)

Rust producers deny safety failures over on-set shooting (BBC)

How the streaming services fared in Q1 2022 (IndieWire)

Features and commentary

The biggest shock at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards (The Guardian)

Why bank film financing in Asia hasn’t taken off (Variety)

Why TV with no viewers is becoming more common (The Guardian)


Industry announcements

Record figures contributed to the ScreenSkills Film and Animation Skills Funds (ScreenSkills)

BBC and Channel 4 commit to 50% female directors for documentaries (Variety)

StoryFutures announces new pilot programme focusing on R&D in virtual production (StoryFutures)



Mental Health Awareness Week: Information on industry support (Bectu)

ScreenSkills trainees ready to receive production placements (Pact)

Pact and the BBC to hold three online sessions on diversity & inclusion (Pact)


Legal updates

The Pact / Bectu Lighting Department Agreement has been updated (Pact)

The proposed Media Bill as contained in this year’s Queen's Speech (

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