Film and TV Briefing: Friday 17 May 2024

May 17, 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.  

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

The winners of this year’s BAFTA TV Awards (BAFTA)

Bob Iger announces that Disney is to reduce spend on linear TV content to improve quality (Variety)

Meryl Streep accepts honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (Variety)

Apple TV considers a new model to pay creators based on performance (IndieWire)

Lionsgate Studios set to launch on Nasdaq (The Hollywood Reporter)

The British independent film sector set to grow as new incentives come into force (Variety)

Number of working class creatives in film and TV reaches its lowest in over a decade (ScreenDaily)

Amazon Prime Video confirms ‘Legally Blonde’ prequel series (BBC)

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s 2023 profits drop to $808m (The Hollywood Reporter)

Three new sports docuseries covering the Paris Olympics announced by Netflix (Variety) 

Israeli film festival opens in the UK despite protesters’ call for a boycott (The Guardian)

Will Cannes be able to save ‘Megalopolis’? (Variety)

Tom Brady on why he won’t do a ‘Netflix Roast’ again (Variety)

Features and commentary

The directors competing for this year’s Palme d’Or (IndieWire)

The Guardian’s view on this year’s BAFTA TV Awards (The Guardian)

Jessica Gunning on playing Martha in ‘Baby Reindeer’ (The Hollywood Reporter)

Life as a stunt double (The Guardian)

The Cannes Film Festival in the 1950s and 1960s (The Hollywood Reporter)

Industry announcements

Nominations for the 2024 Gotham TV Awards (IndieWire)

The Film and Television Charity opens applications for its ‘Reel Impact’ grants (Pact)


Pact shares tips and guidance for Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 (Pact)

IndieWire rounds up the most anticipated films at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival (IndieWire)

Legal updates

Film director Mohammad Rasoulof reportedly flees Iran and will be attending the Cannes Film Festival (BBC)

French court acquits Roman Polanski of defamation (The Guardian)

Armorer from ‘Rust’ appeals her conviction for involuntary manslaughter (The Guardian)

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