Film and TV Briefing: Friday 23 February 2024

February 23, 2024

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

BAFTAs 2024: full list of winners (BAFTA)

Some highlights of this year’s BAFTAs (BBC)

Fremantle to acquire Asacha Media Group, owner of Red Planet, Arrow Media and Wag (Broadcast)

Culture, Media and Sport Committee hears evidence on indie tax relief (ScreenDaily)

OpenAI launches ‘Sora’, an AI tool that can generate video from text prompts (The Guardian)

Study finds that the number of female leads in Hollywood films is at a 10-year low (The Guardian)

Christopher Nolan wins his first ever BAFTA (The Hollywood Reporter)

Martin Scorsese accepts honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (Variety)

Warner Bros.’ ‘Joker 2’ budget reaches $200 million and Tom Cruise’s new deal (Variety)

Variety’s predictions for this year’s SAG Awards (Variety)

Sam Mendes and Sony to make four Beatles films based on the lives of the band members (IndieWire)

Disney outsources its Blu-Ray and DVD business to Sony (The Hollywood Reporter)

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ may become the first $100m film of 2024, while ‘Madam Web’ disappoints at the box office (IndieWire)

Roger Federer documentary directed by Asif Kapadia is greenlit by Prime Video (Variety)

Features and commentary

Kate Winslet on choosing to do “small” films after ‘Titanic’ (IndieWire)

Is Dana Walden the leading candidate to take over as CEO of Disney? (The Hollywood Reporter)

Could TV soaps be made by AI within three years? (The Guardian)

Natalie Portman on YouTube being bigger than film for younger generations (IndieWire)

Industry announcements

BAFTA makes statement about “social media prankster” who crashed Best Film acceptance speech (IndieWire)

Full list of People’s Choice Awards winners (The Hollywood Reporter)

Annie Awards winners 2024 (IndieWire)

Winners announced for BFI Future Film Festival 2023 (BFI)


Pact AI Working Group: insights from Dan Taylor-Watt, a technology consultant (Pact)

Filming in the US: immigration considerations (Pact)

Legal updates

Supporting Artist holiday pay rates updated (Pact)

Ofcom launches an investigation into ‘People’s Forum: The Prime Minister’ on GB News over due impartiality (Ofcom)

FuboTV brings $1 billion antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block the Disney, Warner and Fox Sports streaming joint venture (The Hollywood Reporter)

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