Film and TV Briefing: Friday 19 June 2020

June 18, 2020
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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

BBC needs to find £125m in savings, commences voluntary redundancies (Broadcast).

UK producers make more than 500 insurance claims over Covid-19 shutdowns (Deadline).

A roundup of the latest film festival updates, postponements and cancellations (Screen Daily).

Campaigners say TV and theatre freelancers need urgent assistance, criticise the government’s lockdown measures (BBC News).

BAFTA makes temporary changes to eligibility criteria to include VOD releases (Hollywood Reporter).

Vue aims to open 80% of Cinemas by 4 July (Variety)

US cinema chains aim for 10 July reopening date (IndieWire).

Organisers say Cannes and Berlin film festivals will not be affected by delaying the 2021 Oscars (Variety).

Global advertising revenue forecast to decrease by $42 billion (Hollywood Reporter).

HBO Max planning to reinstate “Gone with the Wind” in due course (Variety).

Features and commentary

Drive-in cinemas returning to the UK (Screen Daily).

A look at the misrepresentation of black women in reality TV (The Guardian).

The Hollywood Reporter surveys Academy members reactions to the Oscars’ inclusion plans (Hollywood Reporter).

Industry announcements

Bectu reports on the job losses predicted in film, TV, theatre and live events (Bectu).

BFI CEO Ben Roberts outlines five ways to improve the “diversity deficit” (BFI).

DCMS confirm that independent producers are able to use overnight accommodation as “workers in a critical sector” (Pact).

Legal Updates

The return of employment tribunal fees? (Simkins LLP)


National Film and Television School and Channel 4 to offer masterclass training programme (NFTS).

RTS panel session to look at the future of the studio audience, 25 June (RTS).

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