Film and TV Briefing: Friday 8 April 2022

April 8, 2022

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

UK government proceeds with plans to privatise Channel 4 (BBC)

Netflix stalls development of new Will Smith movie following Oscars slap (The Hollywood Reporter)

New film studio near Reading to be completed by 2024 (BBC)

Cannes Film Festival anticipates 90% in-person attendance (Deadline)

Jim Carrey says he is “fairly serious” about retiring (The Guardian)

Ray Winstone co-signs open letter calling for BAFTA to recognise stunt performers (BBC)

Industry's response to plans to privatise Channel 4 (Variety)

Series 2 of ‘Bridgerton’ breaks weekly record for most-watched English language Netflix show (IndieWire)

Paramount+ announces more UK originals ahead of its UK launch later this year (The Hollywood Reporter)

WarnerMedia executives leave before merger with Discovery Inc. (Deadline)

Fremantle now holds majority stake in Dancing Ledge Productions (Variety)

Pact reports that BBC's new end of production report creates data protection issues for producers (Pact)

26% increase in number of titles available on US streaming and TV services over past two years (Variety)


Features and commentary

MipTV: The new world order for the TV business according to Ampere Analysis’ Guy Bisson (Variety)

The man behind DNEG, the Oscar-winning VFX company (BBC)

Phil Lord and Chris Miller comment on Hollywood's perception of animation (Variety)

Why are women of colour leaving the BBC? (Variety)


Industry announcements

Production Restart Scheme comes to an end despite pleas from the UK production sector (Pact)

BBC signs pledge to help female staff during menopause (Broadcast)



Alliance for the Protection of Copyright Code of Practice 2022 released (Pact)


Legal updates

Asghar Farhadi plagiarism case regarding ‘A Hero’ continues (Deadline)

Pact/Equity Supporting Artist Agreement: 2022 rates update (Pact)

Pact/Equity Cinema Films Agreement: 2022/23 rates update(Pact)

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