Film and TV Briefing: Friday 19 August 2022

August 19, 2022

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

Cineworld considers "strategic options" as admissions fall below expectations (Deadline)

Jonah Hill will no longer promote his new films due to mental health (The Guardian)

How productions could reduce their carbon footprint (BBC)

Chief of NYC Film Office announces plans to boost production in the city (IndieWire)

YouTube star Joe Suggs launches production company backed by BBC Studios (Deadline)

Warner Bros. Discovery announces 70 job losses across HBO and HBO Max (IndieWire)

Netflix ad-supported subscription tier may not allow offline viewing (Variety)

‘Nope’ tops UK-Ireland box office, but many titles decrease due to hot weather (ScreenDaily)

Academy Awards issues apology to Sacheen Littlefeather (ScreenDaily)

Amol Rajan to host ‘University Challenge’ from Autumn 2023 (The Guardian)

Disney+ to launch ad-supported subscription tier at current price for ad-free subscription (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ofcom report finds younger generation’s broadcast viewing is down two thirds in a decade (Ofcom)

Bryce Dallas Howard discusses gender pay gap on ‘Jurassic World 2’ (The Hollywood Reporter) 

BBC News journalists consider industrial action following proposed merger plans and job cuts (Deadline)


Features and commentary

Story theft claims and how Hollywood might be starting to avoid them (The Hollywood Reporter)

The accent bias in Hollywood (IndieWire)

How Web3 may shape the future of Hollywood (Variety)


Industry announcement

UKTV joins ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund (ScreenSkills)

Nominations open for the Grierson Trust’s Hero of the Year Award for unsung heroes in factual TV (Pact)

The Los Angele Latino International Film Festival open submissions for its Inclusion Fellowship (Deadline)



New directory of contacts and organisations supporting diversity, equity and inclusive recruitment in UK scripted production (Pact)


Legal updates

The evolution of LGBTQ+ law (Simkins)

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