Film and TV Briefing: Friday 20 May 2022

May 20, 2022
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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

Amazon invested more than £1bn in UK film and TV since 2018, with plans to invest more (The Guardian)

Buenos Aires launches new cash rebate for international productions (The Hollywood Reporter) 

British culture secretary Nadine Dorries admits sharing her Netflix account password (The Guardian)

Netflix cuts 150 jobs following drop in subscribers (BBC)

Paramount’s head of US ad sales “welcomes” Netflix to AVOD, with a warning over first-mover advantage (IndieWire)

Netflix updates its cultural memo with new sections on fiscal responsibility and artistic expression (Variety)

Cannes jury highlight the importance of cinema in a turbulent world (The Guardian)

Disney+ plans to ban alcohol and political ads from new ad-supported subscription tier (IndieWire)

Universal signs first look deal with Nicholas Sparks, author of ‘The Notebook’ (The Hollywood Reporter)

India announces 30% reimbursement scheme for international productions (Variety) 

ITV Studios thought to be the frontrunner to acquire Plimsoll Productions (Broadcast)

Amber Heard claims role in ‘Aquaman 2’ reduced amid legal battles with Johnny Depp (IndieWire)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association considers sale of the Golden Globes (IndieWire)

Indian broadcasting minister says Indian entertainment market expected to double by 2030 (Variety)

‘Avatar 2’ reignites 3D cinema formats (The Hollywood Reporter)

Cannes 2022 will test if the cinema market can bounce back post-covid (The Hollywood Reporter)


Features and commentary

The whereabouts of the next 'classic’ TV sitcom (BBC)

Is the film industry ready for NFTs? (The Hollywood Reporter)

A possible model to help film festival highlights reach audiences quicker (IndieWire)


Industry announcements

Government extends the UK Global Screen Fund for a further three years (BFI)

Applications open for BAFTA Breakthrough 2022 (BAFTA)

ScreenSkills request feedback on draft apprenticeship standards for screen industry roles (ScreenSkills)



Watch the British Film Commission's panel discussion on safe set practices (British Film Commission)

WFTV events schedule (WFTV)


Legal updates

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