Film and TV Briefing: Friday 19 March 2021

March 19, 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.

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

All the 2021 Oscar nominations (BFI)

The most diverse Oscars nominations ever (BBC)

Disney predicted to become world’s biggest streamer, overtaking Netflix within three years (Guardian)

Avatar becomes the highest-grossing film of all time (again) after re-release in China (BBC)

‘Flip the Script’ trainee script editor scheme launched with the support of Sky Studios (Televisual)

BBC to move some operations and roles out of London (BBC)

Netflix considering clampdown on password sharing (Guardian)

Oscars 2021: Attendees limited at open-air ceremony (Variety)

Film & TV Production Restart Scheme helps 230 projects to restart production (

UK wildlife charity investigation finds I’m A Celebrity used invasive crayfish without a licence (Guardian)

Where to stream 2021 Oscar-nominated films (Variety)

Key deals from the 2021 European Film Market (Screen Daily)

Oasis brothers set up film production company (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Analysis: This year’s historic Oscars nominations (Deadline)

How Covid-19 has transformed casting (Screen Daily)

Virtual production techniques: Essential both during and after the pandemic? (Screen Daily)

Industry announcements

BFI & BAFTA announce new Employer Action List to tackle workplace bullying, harassment and racism (BFI)

2021 RTS Programme Awards: Winners announced (Royal Television Society)


British Film Commission Covid-19 Guidance (British Film Commission)

PACT COVID 19 Production Guidance (PACT)

Legal Updates

DCMS confirms new key dates for Film & TV Production Restart Scheme (PACT)

Advertising Standards Agency review of rules prohibiting gender stereotyping in advertising (Simkins)

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