Film and TV Briefing: Friday 16 February 2024

February 16, 2024
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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

The 2024 Super Bowl was the most watched US broadcast since the moon landing (IndieWire)

Paramount cuts 800 jobs (IndieWire)

Sony Pictures sees its profits rise to $281 million with a 56% increase (Variety)

LuckyChap Entertainment signs a multi-year first look film deal with Warner Bros (IndieWire)

BBC iPlayer stops programme downloads for desktop and laptop users (BBC)

Study supports shortening production working days from 10 to 8 hours (Deadline)

David Beckham, Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba announced as BAFTA presenters (The Hollywood Reporter)

BBC commissions ABBA documentary in celebration of 50 years since their Eurovision win (Variety)

The BAFTA ceremony to be broadcast with a 2-hour delay (Variety)

Piers Morgan leaves TalkTV (Broadcast)

Marvel announces the new Fantastic Four cast (The Guardian)

First teaser of the movie adaption of ‘Wicked’ receives mixed reviews (BBC)

Features and commentary

Films struggle at the Box Office during the Super Bowl weekend (IndieWire)

Cillian Murphy discusses Hollywood press tours (The Hollywood Reporter)

The rise of prestige dramas about fashion (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

New Hong Kong grant scheme launched for European film co-productions (Variety)

London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival programme announced (BFI)

Nominees and special guests announced for BAFTA Awards (BAFTA)


Applications open for MIPFormats pitch competition (MIPTV)

Legal updates

Class action lawsuit brought over Amazon Prime Video ads with accusations of ‘immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous’ conduct (Variety)

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