Film and TV Briefing: Friday 5 February 2021

February 5, 2021
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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.

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In the news

Three women nominated for Best Director at the 2021 Golden Globes (BCC)

Cinema chains benefit from stock rally fuelled by Reddit investors (Screen Daily)

Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin helps All4 to break viewing records (BBC)

New report on the impact of Covid on carers and parents working in the performing arts (Equity)

Apple TV Plus: Palmer starring Justin Timberlake powers ‘most watched weekend’ since platform began (Variety)

BBC seeking to hire a new ‘director of sustainability’ (Broadcast)

2021 Kids’ Choice Awards: Nominees announced (The Hollywood Reporter)

Black Panther director signs five-year exclusive TV deal with Disney+ (Deadline)

BIFAs: New date set for postponed 2020 ceremony, with Tom Felton to host (Hollywood Reporter)

UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak praises the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme (Broadcast)

Features and commentary

Delayed film release dates: Signs cinema is plotting a comeback? (Guardian)

Ofcom’s Group Director comments on the importance of a free and fair media (Ofcom)

TV and film production: Four people describe how their careers have been affected by the pandemic (Guardian)

Industry announcements

BFI statistics for 2020: Upturn in final quarter signals recovery in film and high-end TV production (BFI)

Joint statement from Pact & Bectu on safety on set (PACT)

Change to Kickstart Scheme application criteria (PACT)


BAFTA’s Coronavirus guidance (BAFTA)

Ofcom guidance on Coronavirus scam texts and calls (Ofcom)

Legal Updates

In case you missed it: Supreme Court ruling on the FCA test case on business interruption insurance (Simkins)

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