Film and TV Briefing: Friday 8 October 2021

October 8, 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

Production crews in Hollywood vote to authorise strike (Guardian)

Russia wins the race to shoot a film at the International Space Station (BBC)

Covid-19 stoppages bring the vaccination debate to the fore in Hollywood (The Hollywood Reporter)

$4.5m scholarship established in honour of Chadwick Boseman (Guardian)

Mental health campaign initiated by Film and TV Charity (Broadcast)

Independent distributor Magnolia explores sale (Deadline)

Writers Guild of America to hold a referendum on proposed change to screen credits (Deadline)

Production companies warn of the impact of the government’s privatisation proposals (Guardian)

Streaming audiences in the UK outnumber viewers of traditional pay-tv (Variety)

Stageplay about the troubled "Jaws"production transfers to West End (BBC)

Scarlett Johansson and Disney settle legal dispute over “Black Widow” (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Britain’s latest obsession: Australian reality TV (Guardian)

Refreshing period dramas for the 21st Century (Broadcast)

Top picks from the London Film Festival 2021 line-up (Guardian)

Industry announcements

2022 BAFTA dates and rule changes (BAFTA)

UK Film and TV Production Restart Scheme extended for further six months (


Updated Covid-19 safe working guidance for film and high-end TV drama (British Film Commission)

RTS Cambridge Convention 2021 talks in full (RTS)

Virtual production webinars and open days from ScreenSkills (ScreenSkills)

Legal updates

Religious TV channel fined £25,000 for broadcasting misleading statements about Covid-19 (Ofcom)

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