Film and TV Briefing: Friday 14 July 2023

July 14, 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

SAG-AFTRA calls a strike (Deadline)

Equity’s statement and advice to its members on the SAG-AFTRA strike (Equity)

Emmys 2023: full list of nominees (Variety)

Sky News creates AI news reporter using ChatGPT and other publicly accessible AI software (RTS)

Disney CEO Bob Iger says writers and actors are not being “realistic” with their expectations, and the decision to go on strike is “disturbing” (The Guardian)

Scenes for Apple TV’s upcoming Formula 1 film shot at the British Grand Prix (IndieWire)

The industry braces itself for the SAG-AFTRA strike, as major productions prepare to stop filming (Variety)

Key takeaways from the BBC’s annual report (Broadcast)

Some international film and TV projects which may be impacted by the SAG-AFTRA strike (Deadline)

First official trailer for 'Wonka' shows Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa (BBC)

The Philippines request that a controversial map in the new 'Barbie' film be blurred (BBC)

Sarah Silverman, US comedian, sues OpenAI and Meta for alleged copyright infringement (BBC)

Former chair of the BBC, Richard Sharp, suggests the wealthy may have to pay more for BBC services in the future (The Guardian)

The BBC’s diversity & inclusion director says the BBC is making “good progress” against its diversity targets but “progress on disabled representation not as quick as we’d like” (Broadcast)

Features and commentary

Possible impacts of the SAG-AFTRA strike (The Guardian)

Equity and the University of Warwick examine creative workers’ experiences of Universal Credit and offers recommendations for reform (Equity)

The three biggest AI concerns facing actors (IndieWire)

Industry announcements

SAG-AFTRA provides clarity on strike protocols (Broadcast)

Bob Iger renews contract to remain as Disney chief until the end of 2026 (Variety)

BAFTA publishes its rule book for the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards (BAFTA)

Channel 4 and Sky extend their Formula 1 partnership until 2026 (RTS)

BBC Studios’ revenues increase, exceeding £2bn for the first time (Broadcast)


WGGS’s policy position statement on writers and AI (WGGB)

BBC publishes salaries of its highest-paid stars as part of annual report (BBC)

Legal updates

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) publishes code of practice about using personal information for journalism (ICO)

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