Film and TV Briefing: Friday 17 November 2023

November 17, 2023
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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

Summary of the deal between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP (Deadline)

Netflix and Disney both achieved their highest audience reach of 2023 in October after debuting the David Beckham and Coleen Rooney series respectively (Deadline)

Pact warns that the UK's independent film sector may be heading for "market failure" due to industry conditions and inflation (Variety)

Warner Bros estimates that ‘Barbie’ contributed more than £80m to the UK economy (BBC)

International sales of UK TV shows reach their highest ever level (TBI)

Two SAG-AFTRA board members explain why they voted against the new deal (Variety)

Jimmy Kimmel to host next year’s Oscars (The Guardian)

Variety publishes its Power Women of Hollywood list for 2023 (Variety)

Spanish thriller ‘Nowhere’ is Netflix's most-viewed non-English title of 2023 (Variety) 

The SAG-AFTRA deal to give actors new benefits regarding auditions (Deadline)

Features and commentary

Why good television is in decline, according to critic Peter Biskind (The Guardian)

Key highlights of Pact's response to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into British Film and HETV (Pact)

The impact of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes on cinemas (IndieWire)

The importance of opening credits (IndieWire)

Industry announcements

MPTF launches fundraising campaign to aid crew members following the strikes (Deadline)

Pact backs the Creative Climate Charter (Pact)

Equity reminder for producers on engaging stunt performers and co-ordinators (Pact)

Gotham Awards 2023: ‘Barbie’ set to receive Gotham Global Icon & Creator Tribute (The Hollywood Reporter)

TV Academy to honour GLAAD, an LGBTQ+ media advocacy organisation, with the 2023 Governors Award (Deadline)


YouTube issues new guidelines for AI-enhanced videos (Deadline)

2023/24 awards season calendar (Deadline)

Legal updates

Robert De Niro’s ex-assistant awarded $1.3m in damages in claim against De Niro’s production company (The Guardian)  

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