Film and TV Briefing: Friday 6 January 2023

January 6, 2023

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 

UK Government confirms it will no longer go ahead with plans to privatise Channel 4 (BBC)

Cesar film awards impose ban on anyone under investigation for sex crimes (The Guardian)

‘Romeo and Juliet’ co-stars sue Paramount over a nude scene in the 1968 film (BBC)

Ofcom review of television ad rules could lead to Sky losing up to £150m annually (The Guardian)

Disney's box office revenue reached $4.9bn worldwide in 2022 (Deadline)

‘Love Island’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ were 2022’s most complained-about programmes (The Guardian)

Cineworld denies talks with AMC and says it does not intend to sell assets individually (Variety)

Slowdown in TV industry spending predicted after decade-long boom (Deadline)

ITV launches updated duty of care protocols ahead of new ‘Love Island’ series (Variety)

‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ takes nearly $1.5bn across the global box office (Deadline)

Features and commentary 

Why Wales was the ideal location for ‘Willow’, a Disney+ fantasy series (Variety)

The soaring demand for studio space in the UK (Broadcast)

Could ‘All theBeauty and the Bloodshed’ become the first ever documentary film to get anAcademy Award best picture nomination? (BBC)

Industry announcements 

New ‘Future Takes’ fund, set up to support original short films, launched by the BFI and Film4 (BFI)

Oscars 2023: Shortlists revealed (The Hollywood Reporter)

Pact’s statement on the Government’s U-turn over Channel 4 privatization (Pact)


New COVID-19 guidance for cast and crew arriving from China (Pact)

New Pact webinar series on getting a business ready for investment (Pact)

Legal updates 

A reminder: New Pact Bectu TV Drama Agreement 2023 came into force on 1 January 2023 (Pact)

Pact and Bectu agree new rates for lighting technicians (Pact)

The Intellectual Property Office says password sharing for online streaming services may be against the law (BBC)

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