Covid-19


Amazon donates €1m to Italian Covid-19 fund to support entertainment biz

Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Studios have pledged €1million to help support the Italian entertainment industry though the Covid-19 pandemic. The donation is being made to Scena Unita, an emergency fund created by a group of Italian artists and celebrities, including actor Carlo Verdone and rapper Achille Lauro, with the support of Amazon Prime Video […]

How Dutch producers welcomed audiences for ‘The Hit List’

In the concluding part of this two-part series, Vincent ter Voert, CEO at Dutch producer Vincent TV, tells TBI how his company produced a Covid-safe version of The Hit List in the Netherlands, complete with an audience. To compare how the Keshet International-distributed format was produced in the UK, check out yesterday’s column from Karen […]

UK’s Channel 4 asks ‘Is Covid Racist?’ in new doc

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned STV Studios to produce a documentary exploring why Covid-19 has killed a higher number of people of colour among Britain’s frontline National Health Service (NHS) workers. The 1 x 60-minute programme with the working title of Is Covid Racist? is authored and presented by Dr Ronx, an A&E doctor […]

Covid halts production on Oz’s ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘Millionaire’s Hot Seat’

Production on two Australian entertainment shows, Network 10’s The Masked Singer and Nine Network’s Millionaire’s Hot Seat, has been halted due to confirmed Coronavirus cases on set. Both shows were filming in different parts of the Docklands Studio in Melbourne, Victoria, though they do share some facilities. Production on The Masked Singer closed down on […]

‘Masked Singer’ among UK shows returning with live audience

The Masked Singer UK is set to return to production on its second season next month, becoming one of the first British shows to feature a live studio audience since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is reported that the Argonon-backed Bandicoot TV-produced series, which is broadcast by ITV, will be filmed over eight […]

Amazon launches Covid-19 fund to support European screen industry

Amazon Studios and Amazon Prime Video have pledged $6m to support the European TV and film production industry’s creative community through the Covid-19 pandemic. Donations will be made to Covid-19 relief funds in countries across Europe that support the creative sector, with the first confirmed awards including £1m ($1.27m) to the UK’s Film and TV […]

eOne joins A+E in dropping physical presence from MIPCOM

Canada-based multinational Entertainment One (eOne) has become the latest company to pull out of attending the physical MIPCOM 2020 event due to concerns about Covid-19. Hasbro-owned eOne is, however, understood to instead be making alternative plans for an online presence, details of which have not yet been revealed. The news, first reported by C21, follows […]

UK TV industry welcomes $650m Covid-19 insurance fund

UK producers and broadcasters have welcomed a long-awaited £500m ($650m) government-backed scheme designed to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get Covid-19 related insurance. The announcement from the UK’s chancellor Rishi Sunak and minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden is expected to kickstart productions worth upwards of £1bn, with […]

ITV Studios & Fremantle to miss MIPCOM, with virtual events planned

ITV Studios (ITVS) and Fremantle will not be exhibiting at MIPCOM in October, with both instead unveiling plans to offer virtual events. The moves, which come a day after TBI broke the news that BBC Studios (BBCS) would not be attending the Cannes-based event, will see ITVS launching a three-week virtual event titled Fall Festival, […]

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