Film and TV Briefing: Friday 9 September 2022

September 9, 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 

The BBC’s obituary of Queen Elizabeth II (BBC) 

British stars pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (BBC) 

Deadline to submit claims under the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme approaching (Pact) 

Pact outlines key media issues facing the new government (Pact) 

Bectu statement following the appointment of new Culture Secretary, Michelle Donelan (Bectu) 

Who is Michelle Donelan, the new Culture Secretary? (BBC) 

Pact’s 2022 TV Production Census indicates TV production revenues have nearly returned to pre-covid levels (Pact) 

‘The Rings of Power’ breaks Amazon Prime’s premiere record, with 25 million viewers (Broadcast) 

Worldwide sales of French TV content reach all-time record (Variety) 

Saudi Arabia and GCC request Netflix remove content that they deem violates “Islamic and societal values and principles” (BBC) 

SVOD spend on UK indies falls below £300m (Broadcast) 

Brendan Fraser's performance in 'The Whale' receives standing ovation at Venice Film Festival (Variety)

Netflix settles ‘Queen’s Gambit’ defamation lawsuit following court’s refusal to dismiss the case; the court stated that the streamer had "reckless disregard" for historical accuracy (IndieWire) 

‘Peppa Pig’ introduces its first same-sex couple (BBC) 

UK and US cinemas see spike in admission on National Cinema Day (ScreenDaily) 

Film & TV rights bidding war for a reboot of 'The NeverEnding Story’ (Deadline) 

Cineworld begins bankruptcy proceedings in the US (The Hollywood Reporter)


Features and commentary 

Jennifer Lawrence on the gender pay gap in Hollywood (IndieWire) 

Why are so many BBC presenters leaving? (BBC) 

What’s next for cinema following a successful summer box office? (The Hollywood Reporter)


Industry announcements 

Pact and Bectu continue discussions on TV Drama Agreement (Pact) 

RTS announces full programme for RTS London Convention 2022 (RTS)



A brief guide to Spain's production tax incentives (Variety)


Legal updates 

Supreme Court confirms it will not hear RT appeal against Ofcom decisions on impartiality breaches (Ofcom) 

A four-day working week: a benefit or a burden? (Simkins)

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