Film and TV Briefing: Friday 20 August 2021

August 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.

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In the news

Streaming service DAZN plans to expand and disrupt the TV sports industry (BBC)

Bectu-sponsored report highlights issues with management practices in the unscripted TV sector (Bectu)

Lord of the Rings” moves production to the UK for series two (Televisual)

Sexy Beasts provides ‘lifeline’ to local Herefordshire tourist attractions (BBC)

BFI to celebrate 100 years of Japanese cinema this autumn (BFI)

Johnny Depp “gratified” as US court rejects Amber Heard’s request for dismissal of defamation suit (Deadline)

Privatisation of Channel 4 to be examined by the House of Lords (Broadcast)

Hollywood ticket revenue in China slumps amid fewer releases (The Hollywood Reporter)

Taliban spokesperson interviewed on Afghanistan television channel by female presenter (Guardian)

Owner of UK’s last video shop to drive 600 miles to save 20,000 tapes (BBC)

Features and commentary

A healthy dose of horror may help to keep pandemic-related fear at bay (Guardian)

A look at the effect of streaming on television compensation for talent (Variety)

The “value of online chatter, and what it means for an increasingly connected world” (IndieWire)

What Scarlett Johansson’s legal battle with Disney may mean for the future of the Film and TV industry (Variety)

Industry announcements

Nominees for National Television Awards 2021 (ITV)


Details of Culture Recovery Fund support (Arts Council England)

Women in Film and TV events schedule (WFTV)

Unscripted TV Skills Fund offers free online resilience training (ScreenSkills)

Covid update for indies (PACT)

Legal Updates

Government extends Freeview until 2034 (

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