Film and TV Briefing: Friday 4 August 2023

August 4, 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

New logo for ‘Big Brother’ revealed ahead of its return from a five-year hiatus (RTS)

SAG-AFTRA Foundation raises $15m after several Oscars winners donate over $1m each (IndieWire)

'Barbie' and 'Oppenheimer' contribute to a possible $4bn box office summer (IndieWire)

Disney+ plans to crack down on password sharing in India (IndieWire)

Actress, Leah Remini, sues Church of Scientology for harassment and defamation (BBC)

ITV says it is in the “worst ad recession since financial crisis” (The Guardian)

Cinema with the capability of measuring audience reactions set to open in 2024 (ScreenDaily)

Ofcom reveals ITV's ‘Love Island’ was subject to more than 1,000 complaints (Deadline)

Features and commentary

Updated SAG strike FAQs from Equity (Equity)

The “1 cent paycheque”: why some US actors are on strike (The Guardian)

Industry announcements

New UK Global Screen Fund Data Hub unveiled to provide international VOD data and insights on global demand for UK content (BFI)

Diane Kruger to be honoured with 2023 Zurich Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award (The Hollywood Reporter)

Lionsgate set to buy Hasbro’s eOne film and television business for $500m (The Hollywood Reporter)


Panel discusses duties of care and welfare in production (Pact)

The ASA’s remit: what they do and don't cover (ASA)

Media Nations Report 2023: traditional broadcast TV viewing in the UK sees record decline (Ofcom)                                       

Official statistics estimating the contribution of DCMS sectors and the digital sector to the UK economy (

Legal updates

Pact’s guidance on the Online Safety Bill (Pact)  

Alex Wade, CEO of Reviewed and Cleared, breaks down the different aspects of fair dealing (WFTV)

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