Film and TV Briefing: Friday 2 September 2022

September 2, 2022

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

Pact and Bectu agree to extend the current TV Drama Agreement until 30 September (Pact) 

Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis gives this year’s Alternative MacTaggart Lecture on life as a deaf person working in TV (The Hollywood Reporter) 

The opening of this year’s Venice Film Festival (The Guardian) 

‘Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant’ wins inaugural Climate Impact Award at the Edinburgh TV Festival (Albert) 

Sky commissions second series of ‘House of the Dragon’ following record-breaking launch (RTS) 

BFI, Studiocanal and Disney to attend this year’s Distributor Slate Days (ScreenDaily) 

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ reaches number 1 in VOD charts, as general cinema attendance slumps (IndieWire) 

Vue receives approval from its lenders to receive a further £75m for recapitalisation (Variety) 

‘Narcos’ producer sues production partner over alleged concealed profits (The Hollywood Reporter) 

Paramount+ adds Showtime to platform and offers bundle discounts to subscribers (Variety) 

Venice Film Festival begins with a message from Volodymyr Zelensky (The Hollywood Reporter) 

Defamation action launched against Netflix regarding docudrama 'Inventing Anna' (BBC)

Features and commentary 

How might climate change affect European film festivals? (The Hollywood Reporter) 

Two new ‘Pinocchio’ films and the Hollywood ‘twin films’ trend (BBC) 

Why it can be difficult to release a film at Christmas (IndieWire)


Industry announcements 

BFI London Film Festival line-up announced (BFI) 

Sundance 2023 to take place in-person but with a digital element (Variety)



List of all UK cinemas involved in National Cinema Day on 3 September (National Cinema Day) 

Pact’s five steps to “bring sustainability into focus” (Pact) 

A guide to this year’s film festival acquisitions (IndieWire)


Legal updates 

What the Embracer acquisition might mean for Middle-earth (Simkins)

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