Film and TV Briefing: Friday 3 March 2023

March 3, 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

BBC staff vote to strike (Deadline)

Winner's of this year's SAG Awards (BBC)

Warner Bros. announces it is to produce new 'Lord of the Rings' films, which could rival Amazon's 'The Rings of Power' TV series (The Hollywood Reporter)

WGA seeks member approval of its 'pattern of demands' ahead of the renegotiation of the Minimum Basic Agreement (Variety)

Berlin Film Festival: list of winners (Deadline)

New hire at Apple TV+ appears to suggest it is taking steps towards introducing ads (IndieWire)

Netflix drops prices in over 100 territories (Variety)

News report shows a spike in levels of global film piracy during the pandemic (Deadline)

Cesar Awards 2023: full list of winners (Variety)

Three 'Rust' crew members sue Alec Baldwin over "blast injuries" (Variety)

'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' continues to top UK box office (Variety)

Features and commentary

Is it right for the BBC to air new Jimmy Savile drama (The Guardian)

"Fight the power" - the theme for this year's best picture Oscar nominees (Variety)

Viewership data may become a flashpoint in WGA negotiations (Variety)

Where the Oscars race seems to stand now (Variety)

Industry announcements

Ruben Östlund appointed jury president forthis year’s Cannes Film Festival (IndieWire)

Applications open for Screen Stars of  Tomorrow 2023 (ScreenDaily)    

Participants sought for UK study of sexual  harassment in TV and film  (ScreenDaily)

Pact request feedback regarding US Visas (Pact)


AAFCA and BAFTA launch new monthly series  titled “The Struggle to be Seen: The Challenges Of Breaking Through For Black  Creatives” (Variety)

New Pact FAA Rate Card 2023 now available (Pact)

Legal Updates

Ofcom rules on politicians presenting  and/or appearing on TV and radio programmes (Ofcom)  

Warner Bros. Discovery brings claim against  Paramount over ‘South Park’ streaming rights (Variety)

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