Film and TV Briefing: Friday 27 November 2020

November 27, 2020

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

Netflix doubles UK production budget (The Guardian).

Great British Bake Off finale smashes viewing records (Variety).

Some UK cinemas can reopen under tiered system (Screen Daily).

BBC loses ground with heartland viewers (Broadcast).

Channel 4 launches global format fund worth £30 million (Variety).

Figures up to March lockdown show record high for UK TV exports (Deadline).

Lifeline funding loan for Cineworld (Financial Times).

Netflix settles in trademark dispute over interactive Black Mirror episode (Hollywood Reporter).

US action against alleged Hollywood Foreign Press Association ‘cartel’ dismissed (Variety).

The Queen’s Gambit in Netflix top ten list in 92 countries (Hollywood Reporter).

Features and commentary

How filming resumed in the streets of New York during the pandemic (New York Times).

Why TV must learn to manage properly (Broadcast).

Location filming on National Trust property during the pandemic (Radio Times).

Industry announcements

Equity requests clear guidance in response to Covid Winter Plan (Equity).

Ofcom calls on industry to look beyond London (Ofcom).

DCMS inquiry into the future of PSBs hears evidence from Pact (Pact).

Legal Updates

Ofcom upholds privacy claim against BBC (Simkins LLP).


BAFTA upcoming events (BAFTA).

WFTV upcoming events (WFTV).

Latest news on cinema reopenings (Screen Daily).

Brexit updates for indies (Pact).

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