Monthly Archives: July 2021

UK Restart Scheme funds $2.6 in productions

U.K.’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme Results in $2.6 Billion Worth of Productions https://t.co/TuOJyoHxx2 — Variety (@Variety) July 28, 2021

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Mandatory vaccinations for film & TV workers?

Incoming: from Deadline: “Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations on film and TV productions now will be allowed, on a restricted basis, under a new agreement reached Monday between Hollywood’s unions and the major companies. The new protocols, they said in a joint … Continue reading

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Expenses and tax relating to travelling to work

Further to the detailed post about expenses for the self-employed, we often get asked about what the law on tax and earnings is for your travel to and from a place of work. If you are employed by a company, … Continue reading

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New ‘Producers Union’ in the US

In the context of some very real fears about a further shift in the balance of power in the film industry, away from the people who make them and into the hands of highly consolidated corporations that have the cash-reserves … Continue reading

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Pingdemic: Bar staff being told to delete NHS Covid-19 app

Via the BBC website.

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5 Ways to Recognise Employee Burnout

From the Bectu website… ICYMI workers in the creative industries are highly susceptible to burnout due to precarious working and long hours culture. In a #ThursdayThoughts blog, Meghan Taylor from the Writers Guild shares '5 Ways to Recognise Employee Burnout' … Continue reading

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How expenses work for the employed and self-employed

There’s a good rule of thumb that applies both to Employees and the Self Employed: You are expected to pay for a meal out of your own pocket if you are working from home, or if you are at a … Continue reading

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More on Channel Four privatisation

In 2016 (the last time it was mooted) Patrick Barwise and Gillian Brooks were commissioned by Channel 4 to write a report entitled ‘The Consequences of Privatising Channel 4′ [pdf] all of which may prove useful to anyone responding to … Continue reading

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National Insurance Contributions to rise?

This story is a few weeks old now, but today I’ve been reminded of just how much the balance between NIC and taxes changes the dynamics in those big decisions that people make when deciding to be a freelancer or … Continue reading

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Additions to ESM4118

Industry lawyers Wiggin have been in touch to say that there have been a number of recent additions to HMRC’s “Appendix 1”, i.e. HMRC’s approved list of behind-the-camera roles which can normally be treated as self-employed – otherwise known as ESM4118. … Continue reading

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Handling difficult and divisive issues

In recent months, a number of difficult and divisive issues have hit the headlines and have found some echoes in many workplaces. The More in Common ‘Dousing the Flames‘ report has (via focus group research) found a different story. “Rather … Continue reading

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Crew shortages start to bite

MORNING READ 'Catastrophic’ shortage of production managers PMs being lured away mid-contract as the rush back into production causes severe demand/supply issueshttps://t.co/3jISTJvsdt pic.twitter.com/4DLHvMk6y4 — Broadcast (@Broadcastnow) July 27, 2021

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French ‘health pass’ update

The FT are reporting [£] that France has established a ‘health pass’ scheme to restrict access to public places (restaurants, bars, etc). The fines are less draconian than were originally proposed and the timetable has been loosened a bit, but … Continue reading

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Labour proposes the creation of a single ‘worker’ status

New #ukemplaw bulletin – Labour announces policy to create a single status of ‘worker’ – https://t.co/naWdwwJ1AE — Daniel Barnett (@daniel_barnett) July 26, 2021 Keir Starmer outlines this on LabourList – here. The party has been briefing that the aim here … Continue reading

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Karen Bradley and David Olusoga on Channel Four privatisation

Firstly, there’s this from Tory former Culture Secretary Karen Bradley(£) – here. “…as culture secretary in 2017, I conducted a review into this very issue. That review found that Channel 4 has a significant positive impact on life in the … Continue reading

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British content projecting Britain

I’ll be posting more on this in the coming weeks, but there are some very big concerns circulating even in Conservative circles about the potential damage that the UK could sustain due to changes in the film and TV industry. … Continue reading

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High Frame Rate (HFR) – the future of cinema?

Legendary visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull sees High Frame Rate – 120fps or higher – as the future of cinema, and he thinks that he has found a way to make it look right – look ‘cinematic’. More here.

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Useful correction on welfare entitlements for people who are self-isolating

At #PMQs, Boris Johnson suggested that everybody who's isolating due to Covid is entitled to the equivalent of living wage while they isolate. This isn't true. What they are entitled to 👇https://t.co/wsnSjvzqYg — Full Fact (@FullFact) July 22, 2021

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BFI consultation on how it directs its lottery funding

The BFI are now starting to develop a new overarching 10-year National Lottery funding strategy setting out what they want to achieve as a distributor of funding over this period. It will be a successor to BFI2022 and run from … Continue reading

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Media and Production Show 2022

A date for your diary. While it’s hard to predict anything that will happen in the next year or so, The Media and Production Show will be taking place on 11-12 May at London Olympia.

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Long hours working and social isolation

From Simon Kupar in the FT [£]: “Commuting worsened the decay of civic life, observed political scientist Robert Putnam in Bowling Alone, his 2000 classic about the US. Ever fewer Americans knew their neighbours, worked as a volunteer or went … Continue reading

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Animation & VFX branch publish their first ratecard

If you get a moment have a look at the Animation & VFX Branch website. The branch has two significant developments recently. Firstly, the Ethical Animation and VFX Charter which forms the basis of their branch manifesto. And secondly, the … Continue reading

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Working hours v family

A nice working hours v family [pdf] Graphic idea from the SFX branch.

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What’s going on at Elstree then?

BREAKING: A battle for #management control of @ElstreeStudios has broken out between the studios’ managing director Roger Morris and Hertsmere Borough Council @HertsmereBC, which owns the studios. Meanwhile, Morris has apparently "disappeared". https://t.co/EPKVgXypCM — Broadcast Tech (@Broadcast_TECH) July 22, 2021

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What’s going on with Netflix then?

From the FT [£]: “Subscription growth this year could never match the lockdown-driven surge of 2020. Netflix added 1.5m net new subscribers in the second quarter. While above its own low forecast, it failed to attract anything like the 10m … Continue reading

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Supervision Direction and Control (another IR35 post)

There are a few posts on this site about the CEST test, for determining who is included within IR35 (i.e. who is an employee and who isn’t), and it would be wrong to do anything but to acknowledge that HMRC … Continue reading

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Working with children & young people, work experience, and chaperoning

Some general notes: Bectu offers a course on working regulations and policies designed to protect the child at work. This is a City & Guilds accredited course offering a practical guide to everyone working with children in the entertainment industry. … Continue reading

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New duty to curb sexual harassment

The TUC is reporting that the government have committed to introduce a new duty on employers to protect all their staff from sexual harassment at work, and to protect workers harassed by clients or customers as well as colleagues As … Continue reading

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The Creative Workforce Pledge

The Creative Workforce Pledge was a campaign to target candidates who were standing to be Metro Mayors in May 2021, to call on them to “stand up for the creative workforce, to nurture local talent and invest in culture for … Continue reading

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“Gogglebox presents people like us and is made in Britain for Britain”

I knew I’d seen a good defence of Channel 4’s Public Service Broadcaster remit, but I couldn’t remember where until I visited the VLV website earlier and saw this [pdf] from Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon. “Online business cannot fill … Continue reading

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Ofcom on industry’s diversity obligations

The broadcasters have an “existential” obligation to improve social class and geographical representation, according to Ofcom’s @dawes_melanie https://t.co/YVhtUXKi7K pic.twitter.com/M7egqNZJ84 — Broadcast (@Broadcastnow) July 19, 2021  

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Reputation management and censorship

Businesses are able to stifle fair comment on their practices – everything ranging from employment issues through to big global ethical matters. From Open Democracy: “Stronger leadership is needed in the UK to tackle both the safety of journalists and … Continue reading

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Lord John Hendy QC – The Status of Workers Bill.

Lord Hendy’s bill The Status of Workers Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on the 26th May 2021. It is… “A Bill to make provision for the creation of a single status for workers by amending the meaning … Continue reading

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Scottish government opposes Channel 4 sell-off

The Scottish government is opposing the sell-off of Channel 4. The broadcaster has spent more than £200m on Scottish commissions since 2007 In 2020 it spent £19m in Scotland Channel 4’s features and daytime team is based in Glasgow The … Continue reading

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