Film and TV Briefing: Friday 25 August 2023

August 25, 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.  

If you are looking for advice in relation to any of the issues mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In the news

The Writers Guild rejects studios' offer to end strike (Yahoo)

Stephen Fry and Ben Whishaw amongst actors pledging to cut productions' environmental impact (BBC)

New 'Chicken Run' movie to receive world premiere at 67th BFI London Film Festival (BFI)

The full list of National Television Award 2023 nominations has been released (BBC)

'Frasier' teaser released ahead of revival 20 years on (IndieWire)

Louis Theroux: Anxious TV bosses should stop playing it safe (BBC)

Son of director of original animation suggests Walt Disney would disapprove of new 'Snow White' feature (IndieWire)

Critics praise new Tyson Fury documentary on Netflix for shining light on mental health issues (BBC)

Disney's 'Frozen' returns in new 12-part podcast to mark 10-year anniversary (Guardian)

Netflix executive says documentaries shouldn't focus on female victims (BBC)

Features and commentary

Pact reflects on the progress the TV Access Project has made in its first year (Pact)

Ofcom addresses the relationship between TV clips on social media and broadcast complaints (Ofcom)

Co-founders of Flawless discuss AI-powered filmmaking tools (Variety)

Streaming platforms find themselves encouraging subscribers towards ad-supported tiers (Hollywood Reporter)

Industry announcements

Channel 4 and the BBC announce plans for a free online programme to support freelancers (RTS)

The Film and TV Charity announces extra £500,000 to help UK film, TV and cinema workers (The Film and TV Charity)

SAG-AFTRA's chief negotiator, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, joined webinar with heads of Equity and BECTU (Variety)


Career options in the screen industries for those receiving their A Level and vocational results (ScreenSkills)

Legal updates

A federal judge upheld a finding from the U.S. Copyright Office that a piece of art created by AI is not open to protection (Hollywood Reporter)

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