Film and TV Briefing: Friday 7 January 2022

January 7, 2022
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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

Ukrainian culture minister says portrayal of Ukrainian character in “Emily in Paris” is “insulting” (BBC)

Nicholas Cage feels “thespian” better describes his role than “actor” (Guardian)

Global exports of UK TV shows remain strong in spite of the pandemic (Pact)

ScreenSkills initiative launched to recruit diverse hair and make-up talent into the industry (Broadcast)

Record figure of almost £10 billion spent by UK consumers on home entertainment in 2021 (Guardian)

Industry figures recognised in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List (ScreenDaily)

Golden Globes 2022: Awards set to be without a broadcasting partner, red carpet or stars (Guardian)

Channel 4’s ‘Speak Up’ whistleblowing facility sees increase in complaints in 2021 (Deadline)

Tarantino continues with auction of “Pulp Fiction” NFTs despite Miramax lawsuit (IndieWire)

Göteborg film festival: Audiences at the Swedish film festival to be put in a hypnotic trance (Guardian)

Sundance to go virtual as Omicron variant results in cancellation of in-person event (Variety)

Spider-Man loses out to James Bond in the battle to top the 2021 UK box office (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Ahead of this year’s awards season, The Guardian picks its overlooked performances (Guardian)

Televisual’s TV drama genre report (Televisual)

Industry announcements

Emergency funding available for cinemas to combat adverse effects of the Omicron variant (


Safe-working guidance for film and high-end TV drama productions (British Film Commission)

Covid-19 update for indies (Pact)

Legal updates

2022 Supporting Artist Rates effective as of 1 January (Pact)

New UK-Australia co-production agreement (Pact)

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