Film and TV Briefing: Friday 9 June 2023

June 9, 2023

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

All3Media reportedly up for sale (Broadcast)  

Netflix says it might preemptively remove content from its UK library to avoid breaching new proposed Ofcom regulations on streamers (Deadline)

Members of SAG-AFTRA approve strike authorisation, meaning SAG-AFTRA members could go on strike if no new deal is agreed by 30 June (IndieWire)

Warner Bros. Discovery and Fremantle raise concerns over proposed in-house production arm of Channel 4 (Deadline)

The DGA reaches tentative new deal with the AMPTP (The Hollywood Reporter)

Disney layoffs: Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ executives among 75 jobs cut (The Guardian)

'My Mum, Your Dad' – new ‘Love Island’ series for single parents over 35 (RTS)

Michael Caine announces ‘Deadly Game’, his debut novel set to be published in November (The Guardian)

Sony Music and Atlantis Animation to team up for Lionel Messi animated series (Variety)

Three emerging filmmakers awarded up to £20,000 each to make short films about the NHS (BFI)

'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' exceeds box office expectations (IndieWire)

Features and commentary  

Charlie Brooker on trying to use ChatGPT to help write an episode of ‘Black Mirror’ (IndieWire)  

The WGA responds to the DGA's tentative deal with the AMPTP (The Hollywood Reporter)

Have we reached the end of “prestige television”? (The Guardian)

Industry announcements  

Prof Dame Elan Closs Stephens appointed acting chair of the BBC (The Guardian)  

Equity announce toolkit to try protect creatives from unregulated AI in the entertainment industry (Variety)

Refugee Week: BAFTA and Counterpoints Arts announce Hassan Akkad lecture (BAFTA)


Pact’s updates on the current US guild negotiations and strike action (Pact)  

A guide to existing, new and emerging studios around the world (ScreenDaily)

Legal updates

Dame Carolyn McCall, ITV’s chief executive, asked to attend parliament to answer questions about the broadcaster's approach to safeguarding and complaint handling (UK Parliament)  

Culture, Media and Sport committee questions executives from ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 (UK Parliament)

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