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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

27 December 2020

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

Taskovski Films boards Sanctuary and four Berlinale documentaries

Berlinale 2020 – EFM

Taskovski Films boards Sanctuary and four Berlinale documentaries

The London-based sales agent has also picked up the Forum films The Exit of the Trains, The House of Love and Strike or Die, plus the Panorama Dokumente title The Foundation Pit  

18 February 2020

FilmChain is among the finalists for SXSW Pitch

SXSW 2020

FilmChain is among the finalists for SXSW Pitch

The UK-based blockchain platform, which specialises in collection services for media businesses, will be presented in front of a specially selected jury and live audience in March  

29 January 2020

Netflix to partner with Grierson DocLab

Industry / Market - UK/USA

Netflix to partner with Grierson DocLab

The SVoD giant continues to address the skills shortage and talent development in UK media  

13 December 2019

The British Film Institute launches two initiatives to help fledgling UK producers

Industry / Market - UK

The British Film Institute launches two initiatives to help fledgling UK producers

The BFI has revamped its BFI Vision Awards for producers with up to three production credits and created BFI Network Insight, aimed at developing the next generation of producers  

08 November 2019

Creative Europe’s investments in the UK remain healthy

Institutions – Europe/UK

Creative Europe’s investments in the UK remain healthy

The Creative Europe in the UK 2018 report reveals that the EU programme invested €15.9 million in boosting the UK’s creative sectors in 2018  

14 May 2019

Protagonist Pictures arrives in Cannes clutching four new titles

Cannes 2019 – Marché du Film

Protagonist Pictures arrives in Cannes clutching four new titles

The new films by Phil Morrison, Edward Hall, Mitch Jenkins and Hong Khaou have been added to the Cannes slate of the British outfit  

14 May 2019

BFI, BBC Films and Film4 announce Great 8 showcase for Cannes’ Marché du Film

Cannes 2019 – Marché du Film

BFI, BBC Films and Film4 announce Great 8 showcase for Cannes’ Marché du Film

For the third year running at Cannes, the initiative will showcase eight exciting new UK projects currently in post-production  

06 May 2019

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces Marketplace and industry programmes

Sheffield Doc Fest 2019

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces Marketplace and industry programmes

Films from a plethora of countries including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greenland, Finland, Iceland and the UK are to be presented at MeetMarket  

10 April 2019

German Producers Association launches TVoD platform KinoHerz and cooperates with European start-ups

Distribution – Germany/UK/Spain

German Producers Association launches TVoD platform KinoHerz and cooperates with European start-ups

The new service offers a varied selection of German productions, while the association will collaborate with the UK’s FilmChain and Spain’s FilmarketHub  

09 April 2019

Indie documentary The Ponds becomes an unexpected hit

Box office – UK

Indie documentary The Ponds becomes an unexpected hit

Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith's film has reached far beyond its target audience and is spreading across the UK, with an international premiere set for 22 March in Brussels  

07 March 2019

Cinema-versus-streaming debate sees UK exhibitors at loggerheads

Exhibitors – UK

Cinema-versus-streaming debate sees UK exhibitors at loggerheads

Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull calls for an end to the theatrical window after Vue CEO Tim Richards lambasts BAFTA for awarding Best Picture to “ineligible” Roma  

21 February 2019

BFI reports increase in UK 2018 box-office figures

Box office - UK

BFI reports increase in UK 2018 box-office figures

2018 sees a new high for UK cinema admissions and the second-highest spend on record for film and high-end TV production  

05 February 2019

FilmNation and NENT to launch new TV content company in the United Kingdom

Industry – UK/Sweden/USA

FilmNation and NENT to launch new TV content company in the United Kingdom

The US-Swedish joint venture is currently recruiting its creative team and will operate under FilmNation's brand  

09 January 2019

BAFTA announces the Breakthrough Brits of 2018

Industry – UK

BAFTA announces the Breakthrough Brits of 2018

Nineteen breakthrough talents have been named as the UK’s most promising stars in film, games and television  

02 November 2018

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