Pact against Bectu; Netflix India; Boutonnat – Deadline

By on July 22, 2022 0

Hello Insiders, this is Max Goldbart. We’ve got all the news and analysis you need as we wrap up another week in which temperatures have reached record highs and relations between the UK’s biggest television union and trade body have reached daunting levels.

Pact against Bectu

Verbal war: Rumbling in the UK TV drama industry was a dispute that this week erupted into an all-out verbal war over the Bectu/Pact TV drama deal. The Bectu union is seeking to update the terms of the agreement in areas such as working conditions, hours and welfare, but trade body Pact believes Bectu’s terms are unrealistic and has set out its own terms that Bectu members are voting on as we speak. The crew members were advised by the union to reject these conditions and the whole situation became extremely complicated. In a series of growing statements released to the press, Bectu said Pact’s terms did not address the “long hours and welfare crisis facing our members”, while Pact claimed that Bectu’s proposals risked “damaging the whole of scripted television”. and there will be no agreement if the professional body’s compromise is not accepted. In an unprecedented move that could change the debate, a group of highly influential indies, including Banijay, Bad Wolf and normal people Producer Element Pictures sent a letter to the entire team yesterday afternoon urging them to agree to Pact’s terms. The impact of this decision could tip the ballot, which still has nine days, and it seems ready to take place. Deadline first revealed the breakup in March.

State of play: The dispute reflects the broader debate currently taking place in the world of television production between improving working conditions, work/life balance and well-being while supporting a thriving sector that is currently home to hundreds of films and series currently being shot. after another. Britain’s Drama Tax Credit means deep-pocketed streamers are moving productions here in droves (Amazon’s the Lord of the Rings the second set is next) and relevant stakeholders are working painstakingly to ensure that working conditions advance at the same rate as the sector is nearing capacity. On the same day that voting began, Pinewood Studios unveiled a near $1 billion expansion plan that will add 20 purpose-built sound stages due to “a shortage of studio space in the UK”. UK TV production is ramping up, not down…

Fight to survive: The disagreement between Bectu and Pact concerns television, but in the world of independent cinema, as we know, the situation is different. A report from the BFI this week revealed that the UK sector is struggling to survive amid the streamer-fueled production boom discussed above. While the UK TV production sector has ballooned in size over the past five years to reach record spending levels of $6.7bn in 2021, the benefits of this increased activity have not trickled down to the sector. independent cinema, according to the report by Alma Economics, which made recommendations including an increase in tax relief for independent films and an increase in the financial contribution of major streaming services to UK independent films. Check out Mel’s article here.

Netflix’s Indian Disruptor

Lead the charge: As Netflix bosses breathed a (mini) sigh of relief over this week’s better than expected financial results, Diana spoke to one of the influencers leading the charge to improve the streamer’s subscriber base. outside the United States, Netflix India’s vice president of content, Monika Shergill. . Presiding over a territory of 1.4 billion people is no small feat and Shergill told Diana his team is prioritizing submarine growth at a time when the slate goes beyond content in Hindi and English. India has 22 official languages ​​and more than 800 TV channels, with several film industries, but Shergill, who was previously executive vice president and chief content officer of Viacom’s Voot digital platform18, said India was a ripe market for even more local stories that can resonate globally. With U.S. subscriber numbers heading in the wrong direction for two straight quarters, she’s one of a growing set of Netflix content executives trying to carve her way to growth. Dive deeper.

Bollywood recovery: All eyes are on the Indian box office today with the launch of Ranbir Kapoor’s standout Shamshera after a disappointing first half for Bollywood. Our Asia expert Liz Shackleton’s fantastic analysis has taken a look at what’s to come and how the Indian film landscape is changing. Bollywood producers are pointing the finger at changing consumer habits during the pandemic, according to Liz, a familiar story in other territories, which have also seen a shift towards big event films at the expense of smaller films, as the The rise of streaming has encouraged audiences to consume more content at home. Notably, as Bollywood slows down, films from South India’s plethora of industries made in other languages ​​have broken box office records. Full analysis here. Well worth a read.

Button controversy

Dominique Boutonnat

Second term for the head of the CNC: Dominique Boutonnat, who hit the headlines at the start of the year following allegations of sexual assault by a godson, has been reappointed for a second three-year term at the head of the powerful National Center for Cinematography (CNC ). While not unexpected, the move drew heavy criticism from parts of the local film industry, but for different reasons. Directors’ guild La Société des Réalisateurs has led the backlash, saying its more traditional, free-market economy, multi-platform approach is disastrous for independent French cinema. Boutonnat, who denied the accusations of sexual assault against him, remains under judicial investigation. Gender equality group The 50/50 Collective has lobbied for him to be suspended while he is in progress, saying that whatever the outcome, he should not hold the position while the case is over. opened. French Culture Minister Abdul Malak has reportedly pushed for Boutonnat to remain in his post, saying in a recent interview that he “was under investigation but had not been convicted”. There are clearly various forces at play and we’ll bring you more when we have it.

European heat wave

Should I go to work? : Europeans, and especially the British, have struggled with the heat this week. As temperatures soared above 100 F for the first time in many parts of the UK, the phones of the Bectu Broadcasting Union rang non-stop, with officials bombarded with questions from worried members who didn’t even know s they had to report to work, I understand. Meanwhile, major studios including BBC Studios and ITV Studios sent advice in areas including hydration, climate control and reshoot scenes. It was chaos, although thankfully it has calmed down somewhat over the past three days. In mainland Europe, a series of dangerous wildfires swept through parts of Spain and France, although growers remained calm amid the heatwave more generally. “Quite frankly, after Covid and everything that’s happened, [the heatwave] is the least of our worries, Emily in Paris Production manager Raphaël Benoliel told Mélanie. The sweltering weather has also reinvigorated the environmentalist/climate denier debate, with those on the denial side chiding the (sensitive) people on the other side. If you’ve seen Adam McKay don’t look up, Check out this disturbing interview on GB News in the UK that reflects on the now infamous Cate Blanchett/Jennifer Lawrence swap.

Tim Burton celebrated

Tim Burton

“Dive into Wonderland”: Beloved American filmmaker Tim Burton will receive the prestigious French Lumière award in October, we learned on Wednesday. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sweeney Todd The creator will of course bring new life to the 14th festival, which will offer a “dive into wonderland – somewhere between Americana and its legends, Victorian England, futuristic megalopolises and suburban neighborhoods”, according to the organizers . The festival runs from October 15-23 and will also include a musical tribute to Clint Eastwood.

The essentials

Nicolas Winding Refn

🌶️ Hot: Netflix unveiled Copenhagen Cowboy of Conduct author Nicolas Winding Refn.

🌶️ Another: Industry exec David P. Davis, David P. Davis’ young 5 Act Productions has made its first big foray into content by opting for Claire Mackintosh’s thriller The last party.

🌶️ More: Jesse had news of doll factory, Paramount+’s latest big-budget international scripted commission from marcella Buccaneer producer.

🖼️Cast: Big names like Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and Luke Evans boarded Netflix Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, with Evans set to play the grumpy lead role of Dickens.

🏪 Shop creation: Former Warner Bros Australia TV boss Shaun Murphy has cut the Big Owl Pictures ribbon, with backing from California billionaire businessman Steve Luczo.

🧑‍💼 New Job: Sky veteran Jane Millichip has taken on the role of CEO of BAFTA, one of the most prestigious jobs in the UK screen industry

🖊️ Registered: British agency Denton Brierley has poached Vivenne Clore’s talent agent, Katy Wale.

🤝🏼 Pact: Canadian multi-hyphen Lilly Singh has struck deals with Blink49 Studios and Bell Media for shows focused on underrepresented communities.

📺 One to watch: Cult British singer James Blunt to star in documentary billed as spinal valve meets Alan Partridge. I can’t argue with that.

🎥 Trailer: Almost there on the latest from Amazon All or nothing football series starring Arsenal and narrated by Daniel Kaluuya, Oscar nominee and Gooners superfan. Grab your popcorn for the trail.

Melanie Goodfellow contributed to this week’s International Insider