Film and TV Briefing: Friday 21 January 2022

January 21, 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

BBC chief warns that licence fee freeze will cause £285m funding gap and impact output (BBC)

Space Entertainment Enterprise announces plans for film studio in space in 2024 (The Guardian)

Sundance Film Festival: The impact of becoming a virtual event (Variety)

Alec Baldwin provides his phone to investigation into set shooting (The Guardian)

Government announces its intention to scrap the BBC licence fee in 2027 (Televisual)

Streamers lead the SAG Award nominations (The Hollywood Reporter)

Power of the Dog” takes over from “Roma” as Netflix’s most decorated picture (Variety)

Amazon offers first glimpse of “Lord of the Rings” adaptation (The Guardian)

Government report cites arts as key to realising the potential of the North (BBC)

Record number of shoot days recorded in LA before Omicron delays hit (Variety)

Survey highlights the TV industry’s long hours culture and gender pay gap (Broadcast)

The government’s press release on the future of the licence fee (

Features and commentary

The Guardian anticipates the film trends of 2022 (The Guardian)

ScreenDaily looks at five roles emerging in UK film and TV production (ScreenDaily

A look at the effects on a film’s release when its star is ‘cancelled’ (The Guardian

Can blockbusters still achieve Oscar success? (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

Berlin Film Festival releases its full programme (IndieWire)


Covid-19 update for indies (Pact)

 WFTV upcoming events (WFTV)

Legal updates 

ASA announces further sanctions for influencers that repeatedly breach advertising rules (ASA)

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