Film and TV Briefing: Friday 17 September 2021

September 17, 2021
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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

Venice Film Festival awards top prize to film about illegal abortions drama (BBC)

Remaining 2021 releases from Disney to debut exclusively in cinemas (Guardian)

Netflix to invest £1.2m in training industry talent (Broadcast)

Tory MP says Paul Dacre ‘should be banned from reapplying’ to be Ofcom chair (Guardian)

Warner Bros holds firm on concurrent streaming release of “Dune” despite critics’ calls for it to be seen on the big screen (Variety)

Demand for UK productions expected to create 30,000 film and TV jobs (Guardian)

Privatisation will have a “fundamental impact” on Channel 4’s public service remit warns the broadcaster (Variety)

Ofcom gives go-ahead for BBC Three to return as a linear TV channel (Guardian)

BBC chairman makes case for tighter regulation of social media networks to combat spread of fake news (Televisual)

Research from Albert shows “cake” mentioned more than “climate change” on UK TV in 2020 (Guardian)

New Sky CEO discusses potential sale of Channel 4 (Deadline)

Christopher Nolan to head to Universal for next film about invention of the atomic bomb (IndieWire)

Oliver Dowden restates his view that Channel 4 would benefit from privatisation (Guardian)

Cabinet reshuffle names Nadine Dorries as culture secretary, replacing Oliver Dowden (ScreenDaily)

Features and commentary

Hollywood’s struggle to address the “war on terror” (Guardian)

How will films be remembered by future generations? (Deadline)

Industry announcements

Latest slate from the Young Audiences Content Fund revealed (BFI)

TV production revenues suffer from the impact of the pandemic (Pact)


Updated COVID-19 production guidance (Pact)

COVID-19 update for indies (Pact)

Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support (Arts Council)

Nations & Regions Talent and Diversity resources (Pact)

Legal Updates

Update to Pact Equity TV Agreement (SVOD and minors) (Pact)

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