Film and TV Briefing: Wednesday 1 June 2022

June 1, 2022
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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

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ earned $100m in its opening weekend at the US box office (BBC)

Over 100 British actors and public figures sign open letter to fight ageism against women (Deadline)

Round-up of the second week of Cannes 2022 (The Guardian)

BBC Director-General’s "digital-first" speech on the future of the BBC (Broadcast)

Planning application submitted for new film studio in Marlow (BBC)

Kevin Spacey says he will voluntarily appear in UK court to face sexual assault charges (BBC)

WGGB’s response to the BBC’s plans to shutter BBC4 and CBBC linear channels (WGGB)

Full list of winners at the 2022 Cannes Awards (IndieWire)

CBBC issues reassurance following digital only announcement (Pact)

New cast of ‘Love Island’ to be given extended duty of care protocols and offered inclusion training (Variety)

Lionsgate in talks with multiple bidders for Starz pay TV platform (The Hollywood Reporter)

Bectu’s response to the BBC’s plans and potential redundancies (Bectu)

Amazon Studios and Warner Bros. Discovery join ‘Coded for Inclusion’ initiative that aims to combat discriminatory hiring practices (Variety)

Features and commentary

Is the French Government doing more for movies than Hollywood? (IndieWire)

A look back at Tom Cruise’s 40-year career (IndieWire)


Industry announcements

Rockerdale Studios joins Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund (Deadline)

FIN Partners, Canada’s co-production/financing market, is open for applications for its September conference (Pact)



WFTV events schedule (WFTV)


Legal updates

Judge upholds arbitration clause in Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow agreement; dispute to continue via arbitration (Variety)

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