Film and TV Briefing: Friday 21 May 2021

May 20, 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

Netflix, Sky and Writer of “Sex Education” join to launch screenwriting fellowship (Guardian)

Amazon reportedly in discussions to buy MGM Studios (BBC)

Warner Media and Discovery confirm merger (Televisual)

Welcome to Wrexham” series to document Hollywood stars’ football club ownership (BBC)

BBC reveals six new drama commissions (Broadcast)

First Hollywood in person premiere post pandemic for “Cruella (The Hollywood Reporter)

Coronation Street puts “The Rovers’ Annexe” on Airbnb for one night only (ITV)

Meatloaf pitches relationship competition and rock concert hybrid (Variety)

Peter Rabbit 2” takes UK box office top spot on first day of reopening (ScreenDaily)

Children’s Media Foundation requests government reconsider 25% reduction in funding (Televisual)

Criticism over use of male voice actor to dub Laverne Cox in Italian-language “Promising Young Woman” (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Remake culture in the games industry (BFI)

Films that accidentally predicted aspects of the lockdown experience (BFI)

Industry announcements

BAFTA Television Sessions 2021 programme announced (BAFTA)

Pact briefs All-Party Parliamentary Media Group on UK production sector (Pact)

BFI appoints Harriet Finney as its Deputy CEO (BFI)


UK Global Screen Fund (BFI)

WFTV upcoming events (WFTV)

Legal Updates

Pact and Equity update on fixed travel allowance for supporting artists (Pact)

DCMS Covid update (Pact)

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