Film and TV Briefing: Friday 18 February 2022

February 18, 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

Alec Baldwin sued by family of late cinematographer over “Rust” set shooting (The Guardian)

BBC launches new scheme, Write Across, to seek out new writers for BBC One dramas (BBC)

Paramount+ announces ambitious plans (BBC)

BBC withdraws second episode of “We Are England” and adds further editorial support (Broadcast)

Film and TV Charity’s “Looking Glass” report reveals major issues in the industry such as working hours, harassment and a ‘mental health crisis’ (Film and TV Charity)

Lord of the Rings” director tops list of highest paid entertainers (The Guardian)

Hollywood’s COVID protocols will remain in place until at least 30 April (Variety)

Disney announces new concept “Storyliving”, extending its ventures to building residential communities (Deadline)

New NFT platform, Cineverse, states that it will aid indie products ahead of Berlin soft launch (Variety)

ScreenSkills report finds shortage of skills affecting unscripted TV (ScreenSkills)

Russell T Davies named the most influential in television (RadioTimes)

Disney appoints new executive to lead its metaverse strategy (BBC)

The Oscars to be hosted by three female comics (BBC)

Features and commentary

Sight and Sound considers the perennial question of how long films should last (BFI)

‘Peaky Blinders’: Steven Knight on the show’s final series (and its future) (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

Recipients of the 2022 Writers’ Guild Awards revealed (Televisual)

Berlin Film Festival winners (Variety)

ScreenSkills launches ‘Producer Pathways’, an unscripted TV producer training programme for underrepresented groups (Pact) 


The BFC’s latest “Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production” guidance (British Film Commission)

WFTV upcoming events (WFTV)

Legal updates

Simkins’ Nick Eziefula comments on how businesses can benefit from the NFT boom (Simkins)

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