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Film and TV Briefing: Friday 28 April 2023

April 28, 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

WGA circulates strike rules ahead of planned strike action on 2 May (Deadline)    

Marvel director believes AI-generated films only around two years away (IndieWire)

Association of Talent Agents sends its members agencies a summary of force majeure provisions ahead of planned WGA strike (Deadline)

Netflix plans to invest $2.5bn in South Korean film and television (BBC)

Director of ‘African Queens: Queen Cleopatra’ addresses casting criticism (IndieWire)  

‘The  Super Mario Bros. Movie’ set to break £1bn at the global box office (ScreenDaily)  

Steven Spielberg says he regrets editing guns out of ‘E.T.’ re-release (Variety)

Amazon announces animated ‘Batman’ acquisitions from Warner Bros. Animation (Variety)  

Involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin have been dropped (The Hollywood Reporter)  

Disney leading the way on the VOD charts (IndieWire)  

Netflix invested nearly £5bn in UK film and TV between 2020 and 2023 (ScreenDaily)  

Latest round of Disney cuts hits ABC News (The Hollywood Reporter)

Features and commentary

TV producers look to indie film models of co-production, financing and distribution (The Hollywood Reporter)  

Is UK documentary filmmaking in a state of crisis? (The Guardian)  

AI in film & TV (Pact)

David Lynch laments the decline of cinema-going (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

Oscars 2024: dates announced (The Hollywood Reporter)  

European Film Awards to amend award season dates in a bid to boost their profile (The Hollywood Reporter)

Sony Pictures Classics acquires worldwide rights to Carlos Santana documentary (The Hollywood Reporter)


Analytics firm Gower Street provides global box office revenue projections (The Hollywood Reporter)

Legal updates

Disney brings legal action against Florida governor Ron DeSantis (BBC)  

Music-generating AI: Official Art? Or artificial? (Simkins)

What can businesses learn in light of the CBI scandal? (Simkins)

DCMS invites views on Draft Media Bill  (UK Parliament)

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