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BECTU’s urgent online gathering – April 1st

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BECTU’s urgent online gathering for crew in Post Production and Facilities to discuss COVID-19 & the Chancellor’s Freelance package

Please join BECTU on Wednesday 1st of April for The Rough Assembly’s COVID-19 Big Gathering from 7.30pm onwards. Register here.

 

BECTU and the Post Production and Facilities branch committee welcome the recent financial package for the self-employed outlined by the Chancellor, but it doesn’t go far enough, and has left many members with very little or no support at all.

Fine print, further measures and an earlier implementation date is desperately needed with immediate effect, and we continue to lobby the government on members/crew’s behalf in attaining these details and date movements. In the meantime, we are in a position to give you support and insight into the following topics:

– What does the self-employed package mean and what does it currently entail?

– What help is available to me based on my employment/engagement status?

– What are BECTU doing to help me?

– What industry support is available to me?

– What will happen to Britain’s Film & TV Industry?

Speakers include:

Tony Lennon (BECTU Freelance research officer)

Riccardo Bacigalupo (Editor & Branch Secretary)

Paul Evans (BECTU Assistant National Secretary)

Meredith Leece (Editor & Branch co-Chair)

Nia Hughes (Post Production and Facilities branch Organising Official)

Dan Roberts (Editor & committee member)

This meeting will be hosted on Zoom and is open to BECTU members and non-members. You do not need a Zoom account to join the meeting, but you will need a device which has microphone and video capabilities. The details are as follows:

https://zoom.us/j/6200206512

Meeting ID: 620 020 6512

 

Join the conversation at 7.30pm sharp on Weds, April 1st. Register here.

 

Source: www.bectu.org.uk

 

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Free Creative Industries Federation Membership for six months

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Here is a message from The Creative Industries Federation Membership, who are offering free membership for six months:

It’s clear that our creativity and problem-solving abilities are going to be substantially affected by the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. This is a rapidly evolving, unprecedented situation, and we’ve been listening carefully to your concerns.

Now, it is more important than ever to connect our sectors and speak with one unified for the creative industries to ensure you and our wider creative community are supported during this difficult period.

We are only as strong as our membership and we need creatives from across the country to join us at this time of crisis for the sector. We are encouraging freelancers and microbusinesses – who will be some of the hardest hit –  to join us as a Creative Industries Federation Member free of charge for the next six months, so we can support you with relevant news and updates whilst you navigate the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency.

Please click here to set up your free, six-month Federation membership. 

MEMBERSHIP IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF…
  • You want to get behind our mission to unlock the power of creativity and realise our country’s potential.

  • You want your work to play an important role in the future of the creative industries.

  • You know that unity is strength and collaboration is the key to change.

 

WHAT YOU GET
  • A chance to sign the Creative Industries Charter. By using our logo, you’ll demonstrate to the people you work with that you’re committed to creative excellence and you protect your interests.

  • Your voice, heard. We advocate for our members at the highest level in government. We protect your interests, rates and rights, and we make sure our sector is at the heart of decision-making.

  • A network of the most inspiring creative talent in the UK. You’ll become a part of the success story that’s powering our economy.

  • A UK-wide programme of events and workshops. You’ll get free or discounted tickets to thought leadership, coaching and networking events – everything from low-key meet-ups to conferences and webinars.

  • A profile boost. Getting you and your work in front of our brilliant network of freelancers, creative businesses and decision makers.

  • Access to talent. Gain a competitive advantage through access to the best creative sector businesses and talent from across the UK

  • Use of our directory and members-only jobs boards. Through exclusive access, you’ll meet even more creative talent.

  • The latest industry insights. We’ll keep you in the loop with news, views and advice from across the sector.

  • Resources for business and personal growth. You’ll have our market-leading content whenever you need it.

  • Access to funding opportunities. Regular updates on new ways to finance your work.

 

Creative Industries Federation memberships normally start from £80. Find out more from our Membership team.

 

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BBC calls for scripts about Self Isolation – Deadline March 30th

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BBC Writersroom believes in the power of stories and storytellers to keep us hopeful, entertained and to help us make sense of the world, particularly in such a strange and unprecedented time as the one we find ourselves in now.

That’s why they’re asking for original short-form scripts, between 5-10 minutes in length whose 2-4 characters now find themselves in isolation, but connecting via video conferencing. They may be friends, lovers, neighbours, colleagues, family or strangers. But they’re all alone together and using modern technology to stay connected.

These stories should take place throughout and via a conference call. Stories that show a moment of human interaction in an otherwise socially distanced world. Though of course, when it feels like the end of the world, the things we choose to say or the truths we reveal to one another may be the most surprising.

We want scripts that are compelling and hook us in. Ideas that have warmth and spirit, that astonish, amuse or enlighten us. They should be set now or in the near future.

We’ll select four of the best to be produced with professional actors and released on BBC platforms throughout April. The selected writers will each receive £300 for their script.

Deadline: Monday 30th March at 12 noon

 

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Film/TV production contingency plan during coronavirus

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Source: www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Read below for an outline of best practice for a coronavirus contingency plan, from Derek Drennan, founder of small indie advisory The Nest:

 

Productions across the UK are being put on hold for the foreseeable future. Some are pressing on without insurance and others are postponed, leaving small indies confused about what they should be doing on a day-to-day basis during this time of extreme uncertainty. Misinformation is rife and each production is being viewed on a case-by-case basis but there are a few ways by which small producers can mitigate the damage, and I have been advising them as such.

A speedy and solid coronavirus action plan is essential. Consider all eventualities and how far they could escalate. Teams should now ideally be working from home as per instructions from the experts on Monday.

During filming, a sensible approach would be to use skeleton teams as much as possible on set and on location . Succession planning is an important part of this.

Look at replacement measures for all team members and crew so that you always have someone who can step in during illness and quarantine – a highly-likely disruptor. Keep a list of people who can ‘step up’ to these roles – for example, camera ops could replace PDs .

Consider splitting production teams and separating them into smaller teams i.e. ‘Team A’ and ‘Team B’ who will work apart in different locations, meaning you always have a team who can carry on should one team “go down”.

Anyone who feels unwell should be forced to go home and rest for at least a week in quarantine as per advice. This may take some persuading – especially for those freelancers out there who insist they are fine in fear of losing work – but it needs to happen.

Producers and scriptwriters should be thinking of contingencies for key cast and locations that they can use as backups. Any key locations/studios should be pencilled in for future dates so that you know when you can schedule them in again after a lock-down.

For any productions that manage to get to the edit, it is possible for editors these days to be set up remotely from home on AVIDs and there are clever ways of keeping track on progress even without having to be sat next to someone all day. Speak to your post-production house and ask them to help work out the back-up edit plan.

Communication is key. Ensure your production teams are aware that insurance cover is excluded for any coronavirus-related illness, while making everyone aware of their rights and the company’s stance in relation to sick pay. The government will pay statutory sick pay for anyone who is PAYE from day one, but that currently excludes any of your Schedule D or LTD company contractors.

Most of all, look after your teams. This is a scary time for them too. Point freelancers to the people who can help support them in a crisis, such as the Film & TV Charity.

And crucially, once your plan is firmly in place, speak to your commissioning editor. It’s worth coming up with an agreement upfront should the production be delayed, with a good idea of how the broadcaster can help financially.

Don’t forget to review your plan as time goes on, as things are changing day to day. Coronavirus will unfortunately affect us all so it’s about eliminating the risks. But there are people out there who can offer support and guidance through these unknown times.

Keep calm and remember you are not alone.

 

 

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The Talent Manager’s Coronavirus FAQ’s for Freelancers

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Read below the Talent Manager’s Guide for Freelancers in the industry:

updated 17/03/2020

 

Freelancing in TV has always been a difficult and precarious career option – and it takes resilience to make it work. Everyone has gone through ‘quiet’ periods. But none of us have experienced anything like chaos caused by the coronavirus.  

Barely an hour passes without news of another production, festival, premiere or trade show that has been cancelled or postponed. From Match of the Day to MIP TV in CannesLine of Duty to the new James Bond, Studio Lambert’s Celebrity Race across the World to Coronation Street Today, the BBC announced it was pausing all its continuing dramas

TV and film are essentially social activitiesthey involve going out in the world and interacting with people be they participants, interviewees, audiences, cast or crew. The self-isolating and social distancing required to dampen the spread of the virus is existentially at odds with the process of production. 

It’s not just the all-consuming breadth of the crisis but also the speed at which it’s happened: no one – commissioners, production companies, or freelancers – had time to prepare. Although the soaps generally have a few months’ worth of programmes in the can ahead of transmission, for everyone else contingency plans are being put together on the hoof.  

And this comes after what for many has already been a challenging six months – a combination of the traditional slow-down in production over the winter months, and the EU-election uncertainty.  

If there is a sliver of hope, current estimates are that the crisis will peak in 10-14 weeks, so the worst is likely to be over by mid-summer.  

But in the meantime, a lot of people are facing some very difficult times.  

With all the other upheavals and disruption, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what one’s rights are, and what support you can get.  

So, we’ve put together a simple guide to answer at least some of the questions that many freelancers are asking.   

It’s not exhaustive, and the situation is evolving very rapidly, so please do feedback with amendments and updates. In the meantime, we hope this is a useful starting point for freelancers who suddenly find work being cancelled, opportunities vanishing, bills to pay and potential anxieties about their health – both physical and mental.

The production I’m working on has just been cancelled/postponed? Am I entitled to notice period?

First thing: read your contract.  

Most production contracts stipulate just 1 week’s notice.  

However, according to Bectu, some companies are citing force majeure – meaning they wouldn’t have to pay even that. In such situations, it’s worth calling Bectu or the NUJ to see what your rights are.  

Of course, for freelancers there’s always the dilemma of whether to stand up for what’s right, or you may be entitled to, and risk not getting hired by that company again.  

If you are registered as a Limited company, and selling your services to the production through that, rather than a PAYE contractoragain, you need to refer to your contract  

One freelance PD who contacted the TM with his experiences was somewhat typical:  

He works via his own Limited company. A week ago he was told that a production he was due to start on had been suspended for at least 2 months and, yesterday, that another event – due to start on Monday for 11 days work had also been postponed. ‘’I asked them what their cancellation policy is, which they didn’t have an answer for. That’s the best part of £4,000 of earnings just taken away.’’ 

Although he had received a ‘deal memo’ and PO number from the company, confirming the job, the days booked, the rate and how to invoice them, it makes no mention of a cancellation policy. 

“Part of me is reluctant to go too hard [in arguing for a cancellation payment]. I’ve worked for them for a number of years but had to push hard recently for a rate increase to reflect the fact I was working at a more senior level. But is this the time to play hardball and potentially damage the relationship?’’  

Anecdotally, it seems freelancers working in High-End TV drama and film are being put on ‘half-pay’ deals – for up to 4 weeks – rather than simply terminated. This is likely to be the longer running nature of many scripted production contracts, and the complexities of them gearing back up for filming again when the hiatus does end. Post production also appears relatively – and we use that word very reservedly – ok. Despite having some jobs cancelled or postponed, most Post houses have switched quickly to enable their people to work from home. In the short term, they seem able to cope albeit with anxiety over the longer term pipeline of work. 

Factual, docs and light entertainment seem to be the most adversely affected with rafts of productions being paused or cancelled, and freelancers are given little or no notice. 

One suggestion is try speaking to the production company and see if they have any other work you can take on that doesn’t require being out and about, or even in an office with other people. Several companies are bringing their PDs back from location and giving them work edit producing, in development or doing research although, of course, that has a knock on for others who might have been hired. The Talent Manager is encouraging companies to offer an opportunities they have as Job Shares – using its new Job Sharing functionality – so that as many people as possible have some form of work, and income.

 

What are the broadcasters doing? 

 

Of course, many production companies, especially the smaller ones, are in a similarly dire bind – with overheads and salaries to pay, and their income source suddenly on gone 

Both the BBC and ITV say that they are treating each production on a ‘’case by case’’ basis. That is, the productions are negotiating directly with commissioners and business affairs over any financial support they can access, as well as changes to their schedules and contractual delivery requirements.  

PACT is encouraging its members to contact them to share experiences and issues, so it can try and coordinate a response but admits that the broadcasters are unlikely to provide blanket on-going support for suspended productions 

Behind the scenes, Bectu is trying to coordinate discussions with major industry employers – as well as asking for the government to step in with additional support.

 

.. and Government? 

 

Bectu and PACT have issued calls for the government to step in and provide support. Mike Clancy, general secretary of Prospect – of which Bectu is a part – has written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, asking for more to be done to “recognise and alleviate the situation of freelance and self-employed workers.’’  

Being a freelancer in the current situation can feel very lonely. So if there is a source of solace, it’s that you’re not alone: there are an estimated 5m self-employed people working in the UK – 15% of the total workforce – so the situation extends beyond the creative industries, and hopefully cannot be ignored completely by the government. Although yesterday’s unprecedented £330bn intervention did not include any direct help for the self-employed, experts believe some support will be provided. 

Tracy Brabin MP is creating a dossier to help the government understand the plight of self-employment; you can email concerns directly to herTracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk

 

Can I claim sick pay? 

 

If you’ve been confirmed as having Covid-19 or have taken the decision to self-isolate based on the government guidance, then you will be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay from the first day you are off sick or unable to work. (You used to have to wait till day 4 before SSP kicked in, but this was changed – temporarily at least – in the recent budget.)   

If you’re an employee – that is, staff or on a short-term PAYE contract – you are eligible for SSPYou need to have done work for that employee – ie your contract needs to have started; you’ll need to have been earning at least £118 a week; and you’ll need to notify your employee that you’re sick.  

The minimum rate for SSP is £94.25 a week, for up to 28 weeks. Usually, you would be paid for this by your company and they would then claim it back from the government. (Some companies will pay you your standard rate and reclaim this lower amount – but you need to check your contract.) 

 

But … I’m not an employee. What then?  

 

Of course, many people in TV and film are not paid PAYE 

If you’re a Sole Trader – and sick or self-isolating – you need to apply for benefits, specifically the Employment and Support Allowance, which is the equivalent of sick pay for the self-employed. As one of their special ‘corona-tackling’ measures, the government has said they will fast-track payments so recipients will not have to wait the usual 5 days to receive this.  

If you’re a Limited Companyand that’s how you sell your services and invoice your clients, then it’s your company that should be looking after you. Your clients have no responsibilities for youIn theory, your company can still pay you Statutory Sick Pay (£94.25/ week for 28 weeks) and then claim it back from the government. 

 

I’m not sick or self-isolating but my work has completed dried up

 

If you are not an employee, you may instead be eligible for Universal Credit or Job Seekers allowance.  

The government has released a special guide for those who might need to claim UC as a result of the pandemic. You can read it here – https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/ 

Universal Credit is far from a straightforward system – as most people will be aware – and the unions among others have argued it’s not fit for purpose, especially in the current crisis. “UC is a system which time and time again has been proven to be unable to cope with any form of change in demand,’’ said Mike Clancy of Prospect. “Asking freelance workers to rely on UC or indeed ESA is simply inadequate.’’   

However, the government has, temporarily, removed some of the loopholes, such as the Minimum Income Floor, which should make it slightly easier for those who need to claim now 

Other useful links 

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE)

HMRC has put out guidance for companies affected by C-19 

Money Saving Expert – Martin Lewis

 

What about Income Protection Insurance?
 

Income protection insurance (sometimes known as permanent health insurance) is a long-term insurance policy designed to help you if you can’t work because you’re ill or injured. It gives you a regular income until you retire or are able to return to work.  

But, like Critical Health cover (which offers a one-off, lump sum payment), it only kicks in if you’re taken ill, and if the illness is one on a specified list. Clearly, its unlikely many policies will now include cover for corona-virus. Moreover, given that corona-virus – for the majority of people – is debilitating for only a short period of time, these policies are unlikely to provide much help. 

 

Is there any other help available? 

 

If you’re struggling – emotionally or financially- the Film and TV Charity may be able to help.  

They have a 24-hour helpline – 0800 054 0000 

If you’re facing financial hardship you should read the guidance provided on their website and look at all of your options, including the emergency measures put in place by some banks and HMRC, before getting in touch. If, having considered all of your options, you’re facing an urgent and immediate need for financial assistance, the charity may be able to offer one-off grants. You can complete the financial support form immediately. You don’t need to call their Support Line.

With the situation changing rapidly, it’s important to look after your mental health. All the talk of Covid-19 can make us feel even more anxious. You’re not alone. A lot of people will be feeling this way right now. You can ask for help. The charity can provide a listening ear and can also quickly refer you to trained counsellors who can provide more structured support over the phone. It’s important to stay connected with friends and family as well.

If you’re looking for legal advice, emotional, or any other kind of support you’re encouraged to use the Live Chat function on their website rather than calling, where you will reach a friendly advisor who can talk to you about your options.

When there’s a crisis, it’s good to remember that people often come together to support each other and help others out. Doing things in your community can help you to feel like you’re making a difference. As the charity supporting the UK industry in times of crisis and opportunity, The Film and TV Charity is entirely reliant on donations and welcome individual and corporate donations from those who can afford to contribute. Please note that they’re currently unable to provide voluntary opportunities. Donate today or email their Head of Fundraising Tom.Woodward@filmtvcharity.org.uk.

My bills are mounting up and I’ve got no means to pay my mortgage?

 

The fact that banks are offering to ‘payment holidays’ on mortgages of 2 to 3 months has been widely publicised. However in practice, the experience seems mixed: some freelancers have said it has been very straight forward to secure these ‘mortgage payment breathers’, others that the banks have been less amenable, and requiring proof that you have no means to pay before agreeing.  

The best thing is simply to contact your bank and discuss it.  

However, be alert: experts have warned that there’s a chance that taking a mortgage repayment holiday could also affect your credit file. They recommend keeping note of any conversations and retain all correspondence in case the lender accidentally marks your holiday as arrears. That way you should avoid any issues when you come to remortgage. 

Find out more here.   

https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/mortgages/coronavirus-mortgage-holiday-uk-a137241.html?amp&fbclid=IwAR2W4tvS_mC-JB8mXNzj1dZ27vDsDDkPcJnD5NY83evd8xk9Egkw1vvlNV4

 

What about my Council Tax and other outgoings? 

 

The best thing is usually to phone up and be straightforward. Most companies appreciate people telling them if they are struggling to pay bills – rather than having to chase and chase and find out the hard way – and will respond constructively, with advice about reducing consumption (if applicable) or arranging a payment plan.  

For example, a number of councils are reportedly agreeing to short term payment holidays for council tax payments. 

Everyone recognises we these are unprecedented circumstances and are likely to be relatively short term, and that the best – and only – way for all of us to get through it is to work constructively, together. 

 

Do let us know your experiences – so we can update this blog

 

And in the meantime, stay healthy, stay sensible, try not to despair, and let’s all do whatever we can to look after each other. 

 

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Latest Covid-19 updates and guidance for exhibitors and venues

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Published 17/03/2020

The Bigger Picture has published a summary of guidance for film exhibitors and venues in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Read it below:

 

The UK Cinema Association has issued the following statement on the current situation with regard to the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19:

‘Mindful of the latest scientific advice from the Government, the coming days will see the closure of most UK cinema sites.

The priority now is to ensure that the thousands who work in the sector, many of them young people, are helped during what will be an exceptionally challenging period for them, and that cinema venues across the country are supported to overcome what for many will represent an unprecedented challenge to their existence.’

The Association’s priority at the moment is ensuring that the support above is put in place. It will be making no further statement at this time.

Here are some resources that venues and exhibitors might find useful in this ever-changing situation:

18th March 2020

17th March 2020

 

Source: www.the-bigger-picture.com

 

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Film Hub Midlands’ Coronavirus message

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A message from Film Hub Midlands:

We will continue in any way we can to support the people and communities across our cinemas, festivals, filmmakers, producers, film clubs, and all film events throughout the Midlands.

We’re now going to be working from home, so please don’t ring the office. Let us know if you want to book in a call with any member of the team, you can always reach us at hello@filmhubmidlands.org

We urge people across the industry and cultural sector to contact the BFI with key concerns, to feed into their impact response recommendations. The centralised email for all enquiries is covid-19.queries@bfi.org.uk – you can read more on the BFI website.

The Bigger Picture have published a list of useful resources for exhibitors as well.

Be well, keep safe, and stay in touch.

The Film Hub Midlands team. 
Eleanor, Ian, Amy, Alexzandra, Carrie, Annabel, Lucie, and Andy. 

18/03/2020

 

Source: Film Hub Midlands

 

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Bafta TV awards postponed due to coronavirus

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The annual TV Bafta awards have been postponed because of coronavirus. Organisers have said that the ceremony, due to take place on 17 May with nominations announced on 26 April, will now be halted until later in the year, with dates to be confirmed.

In a statement, Bafta added that: “We are continually monitoring the situation ​to ensure we are prepared for the challenges we may face in the coming weeks and months. We are closely following the advice of the World Health Organisation, NHS and GOV UK/Public Health England, and the safety of our members, guests and staff remains our top priority.”

The postponement comes after a range of cultural events and projects have been pushed back, from Bond film No Time tTo Die to tours by musicians including Stormzy and Billie Eilish. TV cancellations have so far been largely limited to production delays rather than events, with the Baftas marking the first major public-facing cancellation. TV shows that have halted production in Britain include Netflix’s The Witcher, and the BBC series Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders.

A number of shows usually recorded in front of audiences in the UK and the US – including the Ellen Degeneres Show and Have I Got News For You – have continued filming without audiences.

Last year’s Bafta TV awards saw wins for series including Killing Eve, Succession and Bodyguard.

 

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BFI issues coronavirus message to industry

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BFI chief executive Ben Roberts has issued a statement on the novel coronavirus outbreak amid a wave of production and festival postponements and theatre closures around the globe.

Concerns over the spread of the virus saw the UK box office take a heavy hit over the weekend as the top releases fell by at least 50% against the previous weekend.

Roberts said the BFI’s screen sector taskforce would liaise with the UK government during the crisis, and pledged the BFI’s support to ”our many industry colleagues during this fast moving and rapidly evolving situation”.

The statement read: “Covid-19 presents us with an unprecedented challenge to our business. We are keenly aware that the wide ranging and damaging impact of the virus is being felt across the entire industry and at every possible level.

“As the lead organisation for film, we will support our many industry colleagues during this fast moving and rapidly evolving situation, and we are in discussion with key partners, stakeholders and Government to urgently assess the scale of the short and longer term impact on business. We are focused on ensuring the resilience of the industry and on tackling the huge range of short to mid-term financial, cultural and societal challenges – not least to the exhibition and freelance sectors who are likely to be hit hardest most immediately by the crisis.

“The BFI is in constant communication with colleagues in Government and with other funders across the sector, to ensure we all fully understand the ramifications of the most critical issues, and help shape measures to address them. We have an already established Screen Sector Taskforce which will be convening to coordinate our conversation with Government and discuss the potential mitigations. We also urge practitioners across the industry and cultural sector to contact us with their key concerns and have set up an email address as a centralised point for all enquires covid-19.queries@bfi.org.uk to feed into our impact response recommendations.

“As a funder, we will be as supportive and flexible as possible across existing funding arrangements, including the ability of those organisations and projects to meet contractual requirements. As a production financier, we are obviously supporting our filmmakers with advice on a case by case basis. They are all different projects, each case is different and complex with completely different variables, so there isn’t one size fits all guidance, and we are advising them through these very particular challenges as best we can.

“The BFI is working hard to support everyone across the sector during this extremely challenging time and we will update you with more news and information when we can.”

Source: www.screendaily.com

 

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RTS Programme Awards 2020 – Full Nominee List – March 17th

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Update: The RTS Programme Awards 2020, in partnership with Audio Network, will be live streamed at 7pm on 17th March.

Watch the RTS Programme Awards 2020 here from 7pm on 17th March.

 

Nominations in 27 categories were announced for the RTS Programme Awards 2020. Stephen Graham is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in Channel 4 drama The Virtues. Niamh Algar, who starred alongside Graham, is nominated for Best Actress.

In the daytime programme category, BBC One’s The Repair Shop, will be looking to pick up the gong again. It faces competition from ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Channel 4’s Beat The Chef. There’s another chance for Ant and Dec to pick up an award as Britain’s Got Talent is nominated for Best Entertainment Programme. ITV  2’s Love Island and BBC Three’s Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK are also nominated in the category.

In the Soap and Continuing Drama category all eyes will be on whether EastEnders can come out on top as it recently celebrated its 35th birthday. It’s up against rival Coronation Street and medical series Casualty. The most prestigious award, RTS Channel of the Year, will go to either BBC Three, Channel 5 or Sky Atlantic.

Broadcaster and comedian Paul Merton will host this year’s awards ceremony which takes place at the Grosvenor Hotel, London on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

The full list of nominations are below.

 

Actor (Female)

Niamh Algar – The Virtues (Warp Films and Arty Productions for Channel 4)

Suranne Jones – Gentleman Jack (A Lookout Point Production in association with HBO for BBC One)

Tamara Lawrance – The Long Song (Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios for BBC One)

 

Actor (Male)

Jared Harris – Chernobyl (Sister, The Mighty Mint and Word Games in association with HBO for Sky Atlantic)

Micheal Ward – Top Boy (Cowboy Films, Easter Partisan Films, Dream Crew and SpringHill Entertainment for Netflix)

 

Arts

Bros: After The Screaming Stops (Fulwell 73 for BBC Four)

imagine…James Graham: In the Room Where It Happens (BBC Studios for BBC One)

Superkids: Breaking Away From Care (Expectation for Channel 4)

 

Breakthrough Award

Aisling Bea – This Way Up (Merman Television for Channel 4)

Tanya Moodie – Motherland (Merman Television and Delightful Industries for BBC Two)

Tim Renkow – Jerk (Roughcut TV and Primal Media for BBC Three)

 

Children’s Programme

The Athena (Bryncoed Productions for Sky Kids)

Step Up to the Plate (Lion TV for CBBC)

Zog (Magic Light Pictures for BBC One)

 

Comedy Performance (Female)

Diane Morgan – Motherland (Merman Television and Delightful Industries for BBC Two)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag (Two Brothers Pictures in association with All3Media International for BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video)

 

Comedy Performance (Male)

Alex Murphy & Chris Walley – The Young Offenders (Vico Films and Rotator for BBC Three)

Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education (Eleven Film for Netflix)

Youssef Kerkour – Home (Jantaculum and Channel X for Channel 4)

 

Daytime Programme

Beat the Chef (Twofour and Motion Content Group for Channel 4)

Good Morning Britain (ITV Studios Daytime for ITV

The Repair Shop (Ricochet for BBC One)

 

Documentary Series

The Choir: Our School By The Tower (Twenty Twenty Productions for BBC Two)

Crime and Punishment (72 Films for Channel 4)

Hometown: A Killing (7 Wonder for BBC Three)

 

Drama Series

Ackley Bridge (The Forge Entertainment for Channel 4)

The Capture (Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios for BBC One)

Gentleman Jack (A Lookout Point Production in association with HBO for BBC One)

 

Entertainment

Britain’s Got Talent (Thames/Syco for ITV)

Love Island (ITV Studios Entertainment/Motion Content Group for ITV2)

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (World of Wonder Productions for BBC Three)

 

Entertainment Performance

London Hughes – Don’t Hate The Playaz (Monkey Kingdom for ITV2)

Mo Gilligan – The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (Expectation and Momo G for Channel 4)

 

Formatted Popular Factual

The British Tribe Next Door (Voltage & Motion Content Group for Channel 4)

Celebrity Gogglebox (Studio Lambert for Channel 4)

The Circle (Studio Lambert & Motion Content Group for Channel 4)

 

History

Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain (Blast! Films for Channel 4)

The Last Survivors (Minnow Films for BBC Two)

Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History (BBC NI for BBC Four and BBC One Northern Ireland)

 

Live Event

The BRIT Awards 2019 (BRITs TV for ITV)

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance (BBC Studios for BBC One)

Stormzy at Glastonbury 2019 (BBC Studios for BBC Two)

 

Mini-Series

Chernobyl (Sister, The Mighty Mint and Word Games in association with HBO for Sky Atlantic)

The Long Song (Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios for BBC One)

Years and Years (Red Production Company for BBC One)

 

Presenter

Fred Brathwaite – A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy (BBC Studios for BBC Two)

Mobeen Azhar – Hometown: A Killing (7 Wonder for BBC Three)

 

RTS Channel of the Year

BBC Three

Channel 5

Sky Atlantic

 

Science and Natural History

8 Days: To the Moon and Back (BBC Studios, PBS & The Open University, The Science Unit for BBC Two)

The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure? (Passionate Productions for BBC Two)

The Planets (A BBC Studios Production with NOVA and WGBH Boston for BBC, PBS co-produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures. A BBC Open University Partnership for BBC Two)

 

Scripted Comedy

Derry Girls (Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4)

Fleabag (Two Brothers Pictures in association with All3Media International for BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video)

Stath Lets Flats (Roughcut TV for Channel 4)

 

Single Documentary

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me (Films of Record for BBC Two)

Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Hardcash Productions for ITV)

War in the Blood (Minnow Films for BBC Two)

 

Single Drama

Brexit: The Uncivil War (House Productions in association with HBO for Channel 4)

Doing Money (Renegade Pictures for BBC Two)

The Left Behind (BBC Studios for BBC Three and BBC Cymru Wales)

 

Soap and Continuing Drama

Casualty (BBC Studios for BBC One)

Coronation Street (ITV Studios for ITV)

EastEnders (BBC Studios for BBC One)

 

Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit

Alex Scott – 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup (Input Media [now known as Gravity Media] and BBC Sport for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer)

Gareth Thomas – 2019 Rugby World Cup (ITV Sport for ITV)

Nasser Hussain – The Ashes (Sky Sports for Sky Sports Cricket)

 

Sports Programme

2019 Rugby World Cup (ITV Sport for ITV)

ICC Cricket World Cup Final (Sky Sports & Sunset+Vine for ICC TV and Sky Sports Cricket)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Semi Final: England v USA (Input Media [now known as Gravity Media] and BBC Sport for BBC One)

 

Writer (Comedy)

Danny Brocklehurst – Brassic (Calamity Films for Sky One)

Laurie Nunn – Sex Education (Eleven Film for Netflix)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag (Two Brothers Pictures in association with All3Media International for BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video)

 

Writer (Drama)

Craig Mazin – Chernobyl (Sister, The Mighty Mint and Word Games in association with HBO for Sky Atlantic)

Neil Forsyth – Guilt (Happy Tramp North and Expectation for BBC Scotland and BBC Two)

Roy Williams – Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle (A Douglas Road and Young Vic Production for BBC Four)

 

Source: rts.org.uk

 

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