Film and TV Briefing: Friday 17 June 2022

June 17, 2022
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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

Equity, Bectu, WGGB and other entertainment unions join forces to oppose the privatisation of Channel 4 (Equity)

ITV acquires 79.5% majority stake in Plimsoll Productions for £103.5million (Deadline)

UK Broadcasters back proposals to create new independent body to tackle bullying and harassment in the industry (Variety)

Netflix announces plans to turn ‘Squid Game’ into a reality show (BBC)

Tom Hanks says he couldn’t play ‘Philadelphia’ role now and “rightly so” (The Guardian)

Predictions for the 2022 Emmys (IndieWire)

Marcus Ryder calls for reframing diversity in the film and TV industry (Bectu)

Series 4 of ‘Stranger Things’ breaks Netflix’s 28-day US viewership record (IndieWire)

Rumours reported that Netflix may acquire Roku (IndieWire)

Lady Gaga in talks to play Harley Quinn in ‘Joker’ sequel (The Hollywood Reporter)

Long running soap ‘Neighbours' comes to an end (BBC)

Analyst estimates that Disney+ will outstrip Netflix in US ad revenue, but Netflix’s global ad growth potential remains strong (The Hollywood Reporter)


Features and commentary

HBO's 'The Staircase' sparks debate over the fictionalization of documentaries (Variety)

With prequels on the rise, why are film franchises looking back instead of forward? (The Guardian)

Andrew Bujalski's 'There There' filmed with only one actor at a time during the pandemic (IndieWire)


Industry announcements

Recipients of the latest round of the BFI’s £1.1m Short Form Animation Fund announced (BFI)

Women in Entertainment Summit announces speaker line-up for 2022 (Variety)

Clare Baines appointed as the BFI’s disability and equality lead (BFI)



Film & TV Charity release report on retention issues in the industry (Film & TV Charity)

ScreenSkills unveils new industry jobs board (ScreenSkills)

Filming in England launch new ‘Studio and Build Space Directory’ (Filming in England)


Legal updates

Mo'Nique and Netflix settle discrimination lawsuit  (IndieWire)

Netflix's ‘Wasp Network’ is the subject of defamation proceedings brought by Cuban exiles  (The Hollywood Reporter

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