Film and TV Briefing: Friday 22 July 2022

July 22, 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

Crew urged to agree new Pact/Bectu terms to avoid damage to “the whole of scripted TV” (Deadline)

Netflix chief predicts the end of linear TV in the next 5 to 10 years (Variety)

Plans to privatise Channel 4 under scrutiny after best ever financial performance (Deadline)

Why some viewers are unsubscribing from Netflix (BBC)

ITV sets target to employ more people from lower socio-economic backgrounds (Broadcast)

Plans for new film and TV studio in Hertfordshire approved (BBC)

Ana De Armas thinks female roles in Bond films should be “more substantial” (IndieWire)

Equity pushes for Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor to be abolished or updated (Equity)

Bectu responds to plans to merge BBC News and BBC World (Bectu)

Netflix trials $2.99 charge for shared accounts in bid to clamp down on password sharing (BBC)

Pinewood Studios submits further plans to extend (Variety)

Netflix to launch ad subscription tier in “early 2023”, with most (but not all) content available (IndieWire)

Hollywood faces battle over TV creatives’ pay amid this year’s round of union negotiations (Variety)

Features and commentary

Are major streamers keeping arthouse cinema alive? (IndieWire)

Hollywood's leading Chief Diversity Officers discuss the industry (The Hollywood Reporter)

Private equity continues to invest in Hollywood despite recent downturn (The Hollywood Reporter)


Industry announcement

BFI publishes economic review on the UK independent film industry (BFI)

BBC to open its archives to the public to mark its centenary (BBC)

Ofcom seeks opinions on potential changes to TV advertising rules (Ofcom)



European broadcasters meet to share sustainable practices (Albert)


Legal updates

Malice in wonderland: The curious case of Curistan and its impact on preliminary issues in defamation (Simkins)

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