Film and TV Briefing: Friday 15 October 2021

October 15, 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.

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In the news

Crossover episodes of British soaps planned to raise awareness of climate change (Televisual)

Star Trek” actor, William Shatner becomes the oldest person to travel into space (Variety)

IATSE to strike on Monday unless negotiations conclude over the next few days (Deadline)

Squid Game” becomes Netflix’s biggest series launch (BBC)

Golden Globes will go ahead in 2022 without NBC broadcast (Variety)

El Gouna Film Festival: Fire breaks out at site of Egypt's top film festival (BBC)

Liverpool to receive an extra £1m of investment to drive regional production (ScreenDaily)

Tom Fussell is appointed as chief executive of BBC Studios (Broadcast)

Titane” announced as France’s Oscar submission to contend for Best International Feature (IndieWire)

Scream” franchise will return for fifth instalment in 2022 (Guardian)

BBC Drama director emphasises continuing public interest in Jimmy Saville story ahead of “The Reckoning (Deadline)

Virtual production could help improve sustainability and create jobs in film and TV sector (ScreenDaily)

New report finds that men are three times more likely to direct documentaries than women (Broadcast)

Paramount Plus outlines its strategy at MIPCOM ahead of planned 2022 launch in Europe (Variety)

Netflix reveals plans for a new book club series (The Hollywood Reporter)

Temporary mast switched on at Bilsdale to provide TV signal for thousands (BBC)

Features and commentary

Squid Game” as cautionary tale for the future of reality TV (Guardian)

Remake of “Scene from a Marriage” could be just as controversial (Guardian)

Industry announcements

Thirty new and emerging UK indies participating in the Pact Future 30 scheme (Pact)

The Production 100, Televisual’s annual report into the television indie sector, published (Televisual)


Upcoming PACT events (Pact)

Upcoming events from WFTV (WFTV)

Legal updates

Updates to the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme (

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