Film and TV Briefing: Friday 24 March 2023

March 24, 2023
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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

BAFTA Television Awards 2023: nominations announced (BAFTA)

WGA may allow AI in scriptwriting, provided writers’ credits not affected (Variety)  

Ofcom requires BBC to be more transparent over its content acquisitions strategy (Deadline)

Tommy Wiseau launches trailer for ‘Big Shark’, his follow-up to ‘The Room’ (Variety)  

UK producers contacted by DCMS for data on Channel 4 commissions amid plans to create an in-house production unit at Channel 4  (Deadline)  

Steven Knight to write the screenplay for a new ‘Star Wars’ film (Variety)    

Domestic violence charges against ‘Rick and Morty’ creator Justin Roiland dismissed (Variety)

Construction begins on Steven Knight’s new film and TV studio in Birmingham (The Guardian)

Predictions for this year’s Emmys (IndieWire)

Alison Hammond announced as new presenter of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ (Deadline)

Sky to cancel ‘Soccer AM’ after nearly 30 years on air (BBC)

Features and commentary

Will Blockbuster video return? (The Guardian)

Some possible impacts of a US ban on TikTok (Variety)     

The black market for Academy Awards (The Guardian)

Industry announcements  

BFI launches new film fund for fiction feature films (Pact)

Winner of the 2023 Tinniswood Award for best audio drama script announced (WGGB)


A guide to Ramadan for the Film & TV sector: how to support colleagues (Film and TV Charity)

Pact’s ‘Industry Trends’ series: new episode on network programming (Pact)  

Legal updates

Summary of the Government’s revised proposals to reform the UK’s data protection laws (Pact)

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