Film and TV Briefing: Friday 17 July 2020

July 16, 2020
TV Studio

Welcome to this week’s round-up of news, commentary and industry announcements that you may have missed from the past week.

If you are looking for advice in relation to any of the issues mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In the news

Report discloses broadcasters’ commissioning strategies during lockdown (Broadcast).

New guidance on close contact cohorts published for television cast and crew (The Guardian)

What makes NBCUniversal’s Peacock a different kind of streaming service? (Forbes).

BBC announces further cuts (Broadcast)

Latest on postponements and cancellations of 2020 film festivals (Screen Daily).

Latest on UK cinema reopening dates (Screen Daily).

U.K. Cinema Association commissions infomercials to promote safety during Covid-19 pandemic (Variety).

Barbican launches on-demand streaming platform (Screen Daily).

China’s largest cinema operator predicts $226 million loss due to Covid-19 (Hollywood Reporter).

Elevation and Paramount enter new distribution deal (Screen Daily).

Features and commentary

LSE report suggests BFI is failing to make headway in tackling discrimination (The Guardian).

BBC Studioworks CEO Andrew Moultrie discusses how Covid-19 has changed TV production (Broadcast).

A look at the prospects of getting UK cinemas back in business (Sight & Sound).

Industry announcements

Creative Industry Council publishes Diversity & Inclusion Report 2019/20 (Pact).

BFC publishes guidance on exceptions to quarantine rules (Pact).

Legal Updates

The flexible furlough scheme and other employment issues arising from the coronavirus crisis (Simkins LLP).


RTS Futures CV Masterclass, 22 July (RTS)

Upcoming ScreenSkills events (ScreenSkills).

BAFTA programme of free online events (BAFTA).

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