Film and TV Briefing: Friday 28 July 2023

July 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.  

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In the news

Netflix posts Product Manager role for AI Machine Learning Programme with $900k salary (IndieWire)

The Venice film festival unveils high-profile lineup for 2023 despite potential non-attendance (Guardian)

"Barbenheimer" marks the most successful weekend for UK cinema since 2019 (BBC)

TV chef James Martin asked to change his behaviour at work after complaints to ITV (BBC)

An actor with dwarfism criticises makers of "Wonka" for giving Oompa-Loompa role to Hugh Grant (BBC)

Jamie Foxx shares first update on his recovery months after being hospitalised (Hollywood Reporter)

BBC exceeded commitment of £112 million into on-screen and on-air diversity and inclusion (Variety)

Mattel looks to more movies as sales fall (BBC)

Features and commentary

Michelle Amor on AI: "I don't want to be replaced with something artificial" (BBC)    

Alex Werpin discusses the side effect of the double walkout (Hollywood  Reporter)

Playwright, Lucy Prebble, on life inside TV's greatest show (Guardian)  

Industry announcements

Pact and ITV agree new deal updating trade terms for the streaming era (Pact)

BAFTA confirms chairs and deputy chairs of its Film and Television Committees (BAFTA)

Marcus Ryder MBE has been appointed new CEO of Film & TV Charity (Film & TV Charity)


New Pact Skills platform designed to help address skills gaps amongst new TV industry talent (Pact)

Legal updates

CMS Committee launches inquiry into film and high-end TV (UK Parliament)

Jury finds Kevin Spacey not guilty of nine sex offences (BBC)

Reality TV personality awarded damages after ex-partner shared private video without consent (BBC)

High Court rules Prince Harry's claims of illegal information gathering can proceed to trial (Guardian)

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