Film and TV Briefing: Friday 9 February 2024

February 9, 2024
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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

Crew member dies following an accident on the set of ‘Wonder Man’, a new Marvel TV series (BBC)

Disney to make a $1.5 billion investment into Epic Games (The Hollywood Reporter)

Fox, Warner Bros Discovery and Disney set to launch a sports-focussed streaming joint venture to make their sports programming available in one place (Variety)

Channel 4’s new five-year strategy (Pact)

Disney’s board fight: the lead-up to the shareholders’ meeting on 3 April (Variety)

London Critics’ Circle Awards 2024: full list of winners (IndieWire)

The BFI’s official 2023 statistics show film and high-end TV production spend in the UK in 2023 reached £4.23 billion, 32% down on 2022 (BFI)

The Oscars to introduce new award category for best achievement in casting (The Guardian)

CBeebies signs deal described as the “biggest content agreement of its kind” (Broadcast)

Amazon’s ad-supported Prime Video forecast to generate £1.6bn of ad revenue in 2024 (Broadcast)

Bob Iger discusses choosing his successor at Disney (Deadline)

Malin Åkerman announced as host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (Variety)

Animated film ‘Migration’ tops the UK & Ireland box office (Variety)

Features and commentary

Martin Scorsese concerned that immersive and 3D screenings could weaken films (BBC)

Tim Cook and Adam Silver discuss how the new Vision Pro might change sports and entertainment viewing (The Hollywood Reporter)

The success of event cinema (ScreenDaily)

Industry announcements

Fremantle acquires a majority stake in Beach House Pictures (Deadline)

Channel 5 announces Sarah Rose as President (Variety)


Pact update on BBC Nations/Network co-commissions (Pact)

The BFI releases its programme for March 2024 (BFI)

Legal updates

Talent Agency Agreements – key provisions for talent and agencies (Simkins)

Disney and Lucasfilm sued by actress Gina Carano after being sacked over a social media post (BBC)

Kevin Spacey and MRC, the production company behind ‘House of Cards’ settle sexual harassment claims, with Spacey to pay $1million (Variety)

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