Film and TV Briefing: Friday 16 September 2022

September 16, 2022

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 

Cinema chains to close or offer free screenings of the Queen's funeral (Variety) 

ITV announces £2,000 cost-of-living support for most its staff (Broadcast) 

Neom, Saudi Arabia opens sound stages and other facilities to entice production (The Hollywood Reporter) 

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ joins ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the top of the PVOD chart (IndieWire) 

Disney chief indicates Hulu could merge with Disney+ once Comcast buy-out is complete (Deadline) 

Full list of 2022 Emmy Award winners (The Hollywood Reporter) 

Spain's Cantabria launches reforestation scheme to off-set productions’ carbon footprints (Variety) 

Netflix layoff 30 animation staff as overhaul continues (Deadline) 

Full line-up for this year’s Filmfest Hamburg announced (ScreenDaily) 

BFI postpones launch of its strategy for the next decade until after the Queen's funeral (ScreenDaily) 

Sam Mendes suggests the next James Bond film should be directed by a female director (The Guardian) 


Features and commentary

A lookback over the extraordinary career of Jean-Luc Godard (BBC) 

How Covid-19 insurance battles could help producers plan for future challenges (The Hollywood Reporter) 

Kate Elliott, ScreenSkills’ director of High-End TV considers the challenges for the industry (ScreenSkills) 


Industry announcements 

BAFTA to host its next ‘A Life in the Pictures’ with Baz Luhrmann (BAFTA) 

Locarno Film Festival to adopt gender-neutral acting awards (The Hollywood Reporter) 

WGGB launches survey for writers on whether they consider their skills are valued by the industry (WGGB) 



Financial tools to assist during the cost-of-living crisis (Film and TV Charity) 

Bectu issues guidance for its members during period of national mourning and state funeral (Bectu) 


Legal updates 

'The People's Joker' pulled from TIFF over “rights issues” (Deadline)

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