Film and TV Briefing: Thursday 1 April 2021

March 31, 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.

If you are looking for advice in relation to any of the issues mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In the news

Curzon considers vaccine only and no vaccine screenings (Guardian)

Oscars 2021: Policy of mandatory in-person attendance for nominees may be loosened (Guardian)

The National Theatre’s pandemic-hit performance of Romeo and Juliet gets small screen release (BBC)

Head of Content confirmed for Sussexes’ entertainment enterprises (Evening Standard)

Armie Hammer dropped from Amma Asante directed Cold War drama (Variety)

ITV and albert extend partnership to support sustainability in international productions (Televisual)

Sheffield Doc Fest: David Olusoga, George Amponsah to curate Black British cinema retrospective (Variety)

George R.R. Martin and HBO sign five-year deal (Hollywood Reporter)

BBC announces plans for BBC Four to become archive only channel (Guardian)

Tribeca Film Festival to return in June 2021 with in-person events across New York (Variety)

Oscars will not be aired in Hong Kong (Hollywood Reporter) to stream curated short-form content from BFI’s archive (Broadcast)

Features and commentary

Film journalist Adam Curtis on ‘why art has lost its way’ (BFI)

Netflix, Amazon Prime and the Indian film industry (CNN)

Binge-watching and the older generation (Guardian)

The rise of the actress-turned-producer (Evening Standard)

Industry announcements

DCMS report on future of the TV licence fee published (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee)

PACT and BECTU agree new terms for inclusion in the Major Motion Picture Agreement (PACT)


BAFTA events programme (BAFTA)

PACT’s weekly Covid update for indies (PACT)

Guidance for working safely during coronavirus from 29 March (

Latest cinema release dates for the UK and Ireland (Screen Daily)

Legal Updates

DCMS updates the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme rules (PACT)

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