Film and TV Briefing: Friday 31 March 2023

March 31, 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

New draft Media Bill seeks to regulate streaming services in the UK (Variety)  

The BFI's measures to address systemic racism questioned (The Guardian)

Cineworld’s creditors announce plans to overhaul board and executive team (ScreenDaily)  

‘Rust’ case hindered further as judge blocks the appointment of a new  prosecutor (Variety)  

Production of ‘Top Gear’ paused following Freddie Flintoff crash (BBC)  

Wild Bunch International undergoes rebrand to Goodfellas (Variety)

Curb Your Enthusiasm’ may end after twelve series (Deadline)  

Deal or No Deal’ to get ITV reboot, with Stephen Mulhern to host (Variety)  

Features and commentary

The troubles currently faced by the BBC (BBC)  

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer discusses the draft Media Bill's regulatory proposals (Deadline)

Industry announcements

Ofcom announces new ‘modernised’ BBC operating licence (Ofcom)  

Writers' Guild of Great Britain’s response to the draft Media Bill (WGGB)

Second edition of Black Britain Unspoken launched by Warner Bros Discovery (ScreenDaily)  

Plan of Work announced by Ofcom for 2023/24 (Ofcom)

RTS Programme Awards 2023: winners announced (Royal Television Society)  


Advice for freelancers in the screen industry (ScreenSkills)

Legal updates

The Government’s draft Media Bill in full (

High-end TV Skills Fund contributions: new increased fees and cap  levels agreed (Pact)  

Pact/BECTU Construction Agreement for Studio Films: new rates agreed (Pact)  

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