Film and TV Briefing: Friday 6 August 2021

August 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.

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

Sunset Studios to head to Hertfordshire (Guardian)

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” to be filmed in Wales for another series (BBC)

The Harder They Fall” starring Idris Elba is to open the BFI London Film Festival (BFI)

Greta Thunberg amongst speakers announced for Edinburgh TV Festival (Televisual)

Amanda Knox accuses “Stillwater” of ‘ripping off’ her story and reinforcing conspiracy theories about the Meredith Kercher case (Guardian)

Matt Damon clarifies stance on use of the “f-slur” amidst outcry following recent interview (Variety)

Production of the BBC’s “Top Gear” will move to Bristol from 2022 (BBC)

Study by Ofcom shows Brits spent a third of waking hours watching TV and video in 2020 (Ofcom)

Increase in homeworking leads to rise in property programming (Broadcast)

First all-male partnership for “Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

BBFC defends giving “Suicide Squad” a controversial 15 age rating (IndieWire)

Gordon Ramsay and Fox Entertainment strike deal and launch ‘Studio Ramsay Global’ (Deadline)

Discovery benefits from Olympic coverage with a boost to subscriber numbers (Guardian)

Joel Coen goes solo after Ethan Coen reportedly wants to focus on other projects (IndieWire)

Features and commentary

Capturing the refugee experience on film (BFI)

Sale of Reese Witherspoon’s production company indicates how creators may be paid in the future (IndieWire)

More lawsuits expected in the wake of Scarlett Johansson’s battle with Disney (The Hollywood Reporter)

Industry announcements

New advanced-level inclusivity training from ScreenSkills and BIFA (ScreenSkills)


Updated Covid-19 guidance for indies (Pact)

Upcoming events from WFTV (WFTV)

Legal Updates

From 16 August 2021, fully vaccinated people in the UK will no longer have to self-isolate following contact with someone who has Covid-19 (BBC)

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