Film and TV Briefing: Friday 27 May 2022

May 27, 2022
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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

BBC4 and CBBC linear channels to be axed, amid cutbacks following licence fee freeze (Sky News)

New research on 'streamer churn' in the UK (Deadline)

BBC poised to cut its output, with redundancies likely (The Guardian) 

Northampton Film and TV expo aims to encourage people into the industry (BBC)

Roundup of the first week of Cannes 2022 (The Guardian)

Equity holds Leeds rally in attempt to stop the privatisation of Channel 4 (Equity)

Swedish Film Institute publishes its annual Gender Equality Report (Deadline)

New figures show documentary productions in Europe are thriving (Variety)

Bectu’s response to the BBC funding review announcement (Bectu)

BBC Director General is “open-minded” about a change to the corporation’s funding model (Deadline)

British and Italian Film Commissions sign MOU to strengthen collaboration (British Film Commission)

Cannes film acquisitions increase following deals by Netflix and Apple (Variety)

Rivals criticise Netflix over advertising tier plans at this years’ TV Upfront Week (The Hollywood Reporter)

New agency, Shropshire Film Bureau, created to promote Shropshire as a filming location (BBC)

US cinema chain tests ‘dynamic’ pricing’ (The Hollywood Reporter)

Spanish independent production sector voice upset over new proposed legislation (Variety)


Features and commentary

Are publishers and literary agents changing the way books are adapted into films? (The Hollywood Reporter)

Investors reassess priorities following downturn in the share price of several large media companies (Variety)

Screenwriters finding new methods to control their scripts (Deadline)


Industry announcements

Major BBC shows to be put out to competitive tender (Pact)

Film & TV Production Restart Scheme now closed to new applications (Pact)

Sky Documentaries launches new £500m shorts fund for directors from under-represented groups (Broadcast)

BAFTA announces producers selected for Elevate initiative (BAFTA)



Equity launches code of best practice for self-tape auditions for adverts (Equity)

Mongolia launches new location production rebate scheme (Variety)


Legal updates

Determining meaning on social media – context is key, but how much? (Simkins)

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