Film and TV Briefing: Friday 26 May 2023

May 26, 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

Phillip Schofield agrees to step down from ITV's 'This Morning' (BBC)  

Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing begins in the UK (BBC)

ITV updates duty of care guidelines for ‘Love Island’ contestants (ITV)

Variety’s 5 takeaways from this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Variety)

BBC's Jon Petrie calls for a TV comedy tax credit (Deadline)

ScreenSkills calls for apprenticeship levy reforms following new report (ScreenSkills)

Academy Awards to introduce significant overhaul of rules surrounding social media (The Guardian)

BBC Radio plans to “evolve its in-house speech audio production model” (BBC)

Meera Syal of ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ says TV industry needs to be more diverse, both on and off screen (The Guardian)

ITV Studios looking to expand natural history and factual production (Deadline)  

Creator of HBO show 'Succession' to speak at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival (Deadline)

Lionsgate and Sony continue to thrive in the VOD charts, despite no streaming platform of their own (IndieWire)

'The Little Mermaid' aiming to achieve $180m worldwide on its opening weekend (Deadline)

Features and commentary

The current downturn in unscripted commissioning (Pact)  

Will Ron DeSantis’ feud with Disney pay off? (BBC)

Andy Harrower, CEO of Directors UK, reflects on 2022/23 (Directors UK)

WGGB’s response to the BBC's proposal surrounding in-house speech audio production (WGGB)

Industry announcements

4% increase in minimum fees for BBC audio drama writers (WGGB)  

Film and TV Charity announces new partnership aimed at creating opportunities for under-represented creatives (Film and TV Charity)

RTS 2023 Cambridge Convention to be held at King's College, Cambridge (Channel 4)


New report on the effectiveness of the ScreenSkills apprenticeship pilot schemes (ScreenSkills)    

Legal updates

Increased rates for Pact/FAA Supporting Artists come into effect for all productions on 1 June 2023 (Pact)  

UK Global Screen Fund, funded by the UK government, extends support to Ukrainian filmmakers (BFI)

BBC ordered to the Delhi High Court over defamation claims concerning its documentary on Narendra Modi (BBC)

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