Film and TV Briefing: Friday 3 February 2023

February 3, 2023

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 

Andrea Riseborough's nomination to stand after investigation (Variety)

Sky Cinema announces 100 new films to try rival streaming services (The Guardian)

UK film and high-end TV production grew to a record £6.27 billion in 2022 (BFI)

Netflix accidentally publishes guidelines on password sharing crackdown (The Guardian)

Drop in streaming subscriptions by 2 million in the UK in 2022 (BBC)

Michael Jackson biopic to star singer's nephew in main role (The Hollywood Reporter)

Vue cinemas receives access to £75 million additional liquidity following recapitalisation (Variety)

Netflix to upgrade its premium plan with spatial audio and device number increase (Deadline)

Alec Baldwin was allegedly on the phone during firearms training for ‘Rust’ (BBC)

BBC reboot of ‘The Osbournes’ will be unaffected by singer's retirement from touring (Deadline)

Features and commentary 

The rise in the use of subtitles by streaming viewers (The Guardian)

The return of the erotic thriller (The Guardian)

Industry announcements 

BFI to deliver funding of over £15.2 million to 11 UK partners (BFI)

Spike Lee receives BFI Fellowship (BFI)

Four new trustees appointed at the Film and TV Charity (Film and TV Charity)

Pact becomes a member of the British Copyright Council (Pact)


House of Lords Communications Committee publishes new report, ‘At risk: our creative future’ (UK Parliament)

Legal updates 

Pact in discussion with the PRS to try limit IPC Blanket Licence rate rise (Pact)

Eva Green and White Lantern in High Courtdispute over ‘A Patriot' (Variety)

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