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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the UK audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: United Kingdom

Country profile: United Kingdom

18 July 2022

UK sees loss of half a million streaming subscriptions for Q2 of 2022

Industry / Market - UK

UK sees loss of half a million streaming subscriptions for Q2 of 2022

Inflation rises and shifting consumer habits have contributed to declines for SVoD services such as Netflix, aligning with global trends  

21 July 2022

"What’s next in mental health?" asked the experts at the inaugural OKRE Summit

Institutions / Legislation - UK/Europe

"What’s next in mental health?" asked the experts at the inaugural OKRE Summit

The panel focused on the different approaches to depicting mental health in film and media, and what could change for the better  

15 July 2022

Berlinale Generation hit The Quiet Girl surpasses the €600,000 mark at the British and Irish box office

Box Office - Ireland/UK

Berlinale Generation hit The Quiet Girl surpasses the €600,000 mark at the British and Irish box office

Colm Bairéad’s coming-of-age drama has already broken several records for an Irish-language film and continues to reach new heights as the highest-grossing such film in history  

14 June 2022

The Roma Lazio Film Commission and the Italian Film Commissions have made new commitments to the Ukraine, the UK and Israel

Industry / Market - Italy/Ukraine/UK/Israel

The Roma Lazio Film Commission and the Italian Film Commissions have made new commitments to the Ukraine, the UK and Israel

CANNES 2022: The regional body has promised to host Ukrainian talent and presented the 2nd Crossing Script, whilst the national association has signed a memorandum with the British Film Commission  

25 May 2022

HanWay Films sets sail for Cannes with Jerzy Skolimowski’s competition entry Eo

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

HanWay Films sets sail for Cannes with Jerzy Skolimowski’s competition entry Eo

The UK sales agent has also boarded Stefano Mordini’s rally drama 2 Win and Uberto Pasolini’s The Odyssey-inspired The Return  

18 May 2022

2021 saw limited recovery of EU and UK theatrical markets, with attendance up 31.5% on 2020

Box Office - Europe/UK

2021 saw limited recovery of EU and UK theatrical markets, with attendance up 31.5% on 2020

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published its latest figures on cinemagoing, which reveal a 58% drop compared to pre-pandemic levels  

13 May 2022

Movio finds blockbusters are attracting UK cinemagoers to cinemas, but providing a diversified offering remains essential

Industry / Market - UK

Movio finds blockbusters are attracting UK cinemagoers to cinemas, but providing a diversified offering remains essential

The study highlights the huge appetite for diverse content and how certain key demographics remain underserved by the British market  

12 May 2022

The UK's BritBox set to launch in Scandinavia on 28 April

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Norway/Finland/Denmark/UK

The UK's BritBox set to launch in Scandinavia on 28 April

The streaming service’s rich slate of audiovisual productions will include Britbox Originals, exclusive new series and TV classics  

25 April 2022

The final round of the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund set to rescue independent cinemas

Institutions / Legislation - UK

The final round of the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund set to rescue independent cinemas

The emergency funding, consisting of over £500,000 as part of a wider £35 million aid package, is vital to survive the crisis and bring back audiences to theatres  

04 April 2022

Film London launches eco-friendly pilot Grid Project

Industry / Market - UK

Film London launches eco-friendly pilot Grid Project

Announced on Thursday 24 March, the agency’s initiative promises to supply renewable energy to productions in the capital, with the effect of reducing CO2 and NO2 emissions as well as noise pollution  

28 March 2022

The UK’s Film and TV Charity launches The Whole Picture Toolkit

Industry / Market - UK

The UK’s Film and TV Charity launches The Whole Picture Toolkit

The brand new service will support the implementation of healthy working practices as part of the body’s Let’s Reset campaign  

21 March 2022

ITV announces new streaming service ITVX

Industry / Market - UK

ITV announces new streaming service ITVX

Set to launch later this year, ITVX will be the UK’s first integrated advertising and subscription funded platform  

08 March 2022

Amazon pledges £10 million to support the UK’s TV and film training and development

Industry / Market - UK

Amazon pledges £10 million to support the UK’s TV and film training and development

Through its new Prime Video Pathway training initiative, Amazon is aiming to ease access to audiovisual jobs with a commitment across the next three years  

04 March 2022

BBC Studios and Sky Deutschland ink a factual output deal

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/Germany

BBC Studios and Sky Deutschland ink a factual output deal

The agreement, covering 150 hours of factual content, includes titles such as Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic and David Attenborough: The Sound of Nature  

03 March 2022

Netflix and Creative UK team up to kick off genre-based programme Breakout

Industry / Market - USA/UK

Netflix and Creative UK team up to kick off genre-based programme Breakout

The new programme will fund new, high-quality projects developed by British filmmakers, and at least one of them will receive a £1.5 million production budget  

24 February 2022

The UK’s Film and TV Charity publishes a study on mental health in the film and TV industry after COVID-19

Industry / Market - UK

The UK’s Film and TV Charity publishes a study on mental health in the film and TV industry after COVID-19

The body defined the results as “mildly encouraging” at first glance, but the pandemic and the recent production boom have brought new challenges alongside new opportunities  

23 February 2022

HanWay Films shops four new titles at the European Film Market

Berlinale 2022 – EFM

HanWay Films shops four new titles at the European Film Market

The UK-based sales company is touting Sweet Sue, Morning, Hot Milk and Breaking Point at the online marketplace  

10 February 2022

An impressive year for the UK film industry, boding well for future

Industry / Market - UK

An impressive year for the UK film industry, boding well for future

The figures provided by the British Film Institute reveal a record £5.64 billion film and high-end TV production spend in the country, and a promising trend in terms of cinemagoing  

08 February 2022

The BBC’s licence fee set to be frozen at £159 for two years and to be phased out by 2027

Industry / Market - UK

The BBC’s licence fee set to be frozen at £159 for two years and to be phased out by 2027

A tweet published by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has sparked debate and prompted strong reactions, making the pubcaster’s future more uncertain and forcing it to seek alternative funding models  

20 January 2022

MUBI acquires The Match Factory

Industry / Market - UK/Germany

MUBI acquires The Match Factory

Aiming to “bring beautiful cinema to film lovers”, the new collaboration will open up new opportunities to nourish the future of the cinema that both companies adore  

17 January 2022

The post-Brexit UK Global Screen Fund is renewed

Industry / Market - UK

The post-Brexit UK Global Screen Fund is renewed

After its launch in April this year, the £7 million fund has been renewed for a further three years, with international producers also reaping the benefits  

30 December 2021

Four British filmmakers launch pressure group Underlying Health Conditions and reveal a report on accessibility issues in the audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - UK

Four British filmmakers launch pressure group Underlying Health Conditions and reveal a report on accessibility issues in the audiovisual industry

Writer Jack Thorne, actress Genevieve Barr, production manager Katie Player and producer Holly Luban launched the group at the Tate Gallery on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons  

07 December 2021

Exploring the partnership opportunities between Estonian and British producers at Tallinn

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Exploring the partnership opportunities between Estonian and British producers at Tallinn

After an introduction about the two countries’ main funding options, Estonian and British producers shared their experiences on joint projects, such as Undergods and Sentinel  

30 November 2021

The BFI London Film Festival announces the line-up of its second Works-in-Progress showcase

London 2021 – Works-in-Progress

The BFI London Film Festival announces the line-up of its second Works-in-Progress showcase

The initiative will offer first looks at seven new projects being made by emerging British talents  

05 October 2021

New app Call It! to monitor and prevent workplace bullying and discrimination in the film and TV industry

Industry / Market - UK

New app Call It! to monitor and prevent workplace bullying and discrimination in the film and TV industry

The tool will empower everyone working in the sector to record incidents anonymously, providing easy access to procedures for formal reporting and signposting mental-health support  

30 September 2021

Amazon launches ad-based streaming service IMDb TV in the UK

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/USA

Amazon launches ad-based streaming service IMDb TV in the UK

The ad-supported platform will feature a rich library of classics along with IMDb TV originals, such as the docuseries Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary and Moment of Truth  

30 September 2021

The Film and TV Charity’s latest report discloses what is not working in the UK’s creative diversity agenda

Institutions / Legislation - UK

The Film and TV Charity’s latest report discloses what is not working in the UK’s creative diversity agenda

The study highlights the existence of a “lost generation” of talents who cannot benefit from the current diversity initiatives, as these mostly focus on nurturing young talent  

23 September 2021

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

The Nordic platform is due to launch in the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, aiming to reach 12 million subscribers by the end of 2025  

22 September 2021

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/Ireland/Italy/Germany/Switzerland/Austria

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

The premium streaming service will be available in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022  

10 August 2021

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office launches The Cinema of Ideas

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office launches The Cinema of Ideas

The new collaborative film platform will give independent cinemas the opportunity to enrich their programme offer through an extra virtual screen  

06 August 2021

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Institutions / Legislation - Sweden/Chile/Belgium/Norway/UK

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Lars Edman and William Johansson’s feature documents the devastation caused by a Swedish mining giant in a Chilean desert town  

02 June 2021

Curzon launches a hybrid membership scheme

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK

Curzon launches a hybrid membership scheme

The British distributor and exhibitor's new initiative will offer a new membership combining cinema tickets and streaming offering  

18 May 2021

Italian cinemas reopen, France and the UK warm up the engines

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

Italian cinemas reopen, France and the UK warm up the engines

Cinemas in Italy are open from today, but with which films remains uncertain. Many European countries are still in doubt, while France and the UK are looking at 17 May for reopening  

26 April 2021

The EC withdraws its 2019 decision making commitments on Disney, Warner Bros, Sky UK and other global streamers binding

Institutions / Legislation - Europe/UK

The EC withdraws its 2019 decision making commitments on Disney, Warner Bros, Sky UK and other global streamers binding

The withdrawal decision follows the annulment of the European Commission's similar commitments imposed on Paramount Pictures, dating from 2016  

06 April 2021

Cineworld and Warner Bros cut a new deal on the theatrical window in the UK

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK

Cineworld and Warner Bros cut a new deal on the theatrical window in the UK

Cineworld cinemas are due to reopen in the UK on 17 May with a day-and-date deal with Warner Bros for 2021 releases, and a new 31-day window from 2022 onwards  

29 March 2021

The BBC publishes its 2021-2023 Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Industry / Market - UK

The BBC publishes its 2021-2023 Diversity & Inclusion Plan

The new report initiates an ambitious ten-point plan by the UK public broadcaster to continue its progress in this realm  

08 March 2021

The UK’s Sky TV to ramp up investment in feature films

Industry / Market - UK

The UK’s Sky TV to ramp up investment in feature films

The UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster will launch 30 new movies this year under the Sky Originals banner, as it looks to compete with streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon  

29 January 2021

Brexit trade deal provokes a new agenda for the UK and European film industries

Institutions / Legislation - UK/Europe

Brexit trade deal provokes a new agenda for the UK and European film industries

The new Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU was finally signed late last month, and sets out the impending relationship between the territories  

11 January 2021

Netflix to begin declaring its UK revenues to the tax authorities

Industry / Market - UK/USA

Netflix to begin declaring its UK revenues to the tax authorities

The streaming giant has previously been funnelling UK profits into lower-tax jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands  

03 December 2020

Dogwoof boards DOK Leipzig Industry prizewinner Viral

Industry / Market - Germany/UK

Dogwoof boards DOK Leipzig Industry prizewinner Viral

The UK-based company has acquired North American rights for the documentary feature/series comprising personal footage shot by eight popular YouTubers throughout the year of the pandemic  

13 November 2020

Review: Falling

San Sebastián 2020 – Donostia Award Screenings

Review: Falling

Viggo Mortensen's directorial debut is being feted at San Sebastián, where the actor-director is receiving a Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement  

18 September 2020

Directors UK launches guide to shooting intimate scenes during the pandemic

Industry / Market - UK

Directors UK launches guide to shooting intimate scenes during the pandemic

The British professional association of directors has published a dedicated booklet entitled "Intimacy in the Time of COVID-19"  

24 August 2020

The BFI launches a £500,000 fund to rescue UK sales outfits

Industry / Market - UK

The BFI launches a £500,000 fund to rescue UK sales outfits

The temporary fund is ready to back firms in need of business resilience support during the coronavirus crisis  

07 July 2020

The BBC announces a £100 million investment to increase diversity on TV

Industry / Market - UK

The BBC announces a £100 million investment to increase diversity on TV

The British pubcaster has committed to producing “diverse and inclusive content” over a three-year period  

24 June 2020

Film productions in the UK allowed to restart

Industry / Market - UK

Film productions in the UK allowed to restart

Government and health bodies have approved guidance drawn up by the British Film Commission to resume film and high-end TV production in the UK  

02 June 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces its selection for this year’s virtual marketplace

Sheffield Doc Fest 2020 - Marketplace

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces its selection for this year’s virtual marketplace

The UK-based gathering has had to adapt to the current situation and is moving its flagship industry initiative online  

14 April 2020

Modern Films attempts to rescue indie cinemas

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/Ireland

Modern Films attempts to rescue indie cinemas

The British distribution company’s initiative will involve 22 different venues, located across the UK and the Republic of Ireland  

01 April 2020

COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund set up in the UK

Industry / Market - UK

COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund set up in the UK

The BFI and the Film and TV Charity have partnered up to create the relief fund with a £1 million donation from Netflix  

25 March 2020

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