Film and TV Briefing: Friday 30 October 2020

October 30, 2020
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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

Channel 5 wins Broadcast’s ‘Channel of the Year’ award (Broadcast)

Quibi video streaming platform collapses after just six months (Broadcast)

‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ cast members to compete in Oscars race (Hollywood Reporter)

Andrew Scott wins ‘Best Actor’ for his role in Noel Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ at televised Olivier Awards (Hollywood Reporter)

‘Spider-Man 3’ begins filming (Empire)

UK Diversity Taskforce launched by the Production Guild of Great Britain (Screen Daily)

Strong Box Office opening for ‘Honest Thief’ starring Liam Neeson (Screen Daily)

National Theatre reimagines cancelled production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ as first original film (Screen Daily)

BBC to bring Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man in line with UK over-75 licence fee rules (BBC)

Socially-distanced ‘Sesame Street’ to help ease children’s Covid anxiety (BBC)

Features and commentary

Latest adaptation of ‘The Secret Garden’ taps in to longing for outdoor space (BBC)

Sacha Baron Cohen discusses ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ in Colbert interview (Variety)

Traditional media companies playing catch-up in streaming wars (Broadcast)

Sara Geater reflects on her time as PACT Chairperson (PACT)

Industry announcements

BBC restructuring brings Storyville under the remit of BBC Film (Screen Daily)

Delayed 2020 Olivier Award winners announced (The Stage)

Winners of 2020 Black British Theatre Awards announced (The Stage)


Exclusive virtual events with ‘His Dark Materials’ cast and creatives (BFI)

WFTV – Upcoming events (WFTV)

Updates to Pact’s Covid-19 Guidance for indies (PACT)

Significant changes to the Government’s Job Support Scheme announced (Simkins)

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