Prince William, Joaquin Phoenix blast BAFTA’s for lack of diversity

Prince William and Joker star Joaquin Phoenix were among those to blast the BAFTA’s for a lack of diversity at its annual film awards ceremony, where a Channel 4 and PBS feature doc was among the winners. For Sama, produced by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, took the best documentary prize for its portrayal of […]

BAFTA, Netflix partner to take talent scheme global

Netflix has boarded BAFTA’s flagship new talent scheme Breakthrough Brits, replacing Burberry as the initiative’s main supporting partner. BAFTA plans to build on the Breakthrough Brits scheme with Netflix, expanding the Breakthrough initiative globally and working to identify overseas talent in new territories such as India and the US. In its seventh year, Breakthrough Brits […]

How BAFTA-nominated directors shot the Royal Wedding, ‘Inside No. 9 Live’

A careful balance of tech innovation and storytelling flexibility are the hallmarks of this year’s multi-camera direction nominees for the British Academy Television Craft Awards. The nominees – who are predominantly women – include Barbara Wiltshire, who is nominated for Inside No. 9 Live: Dead Line (BBC Studios/BBC Two); Bridget Caldwell for The Royal British […]

BAFTA fellowships revealed

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is set to honour Red Production’s Nicola Shindler and broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards (12 May). Shindler (pictured) will be presented with a Special Award, recognising her outstanding contribution to TV production. In 1998, Shindler founded the award-winning […]

‘Killing Eve’, ‘English Scandal’ lead BAFTA TV and craft nominations

BBC America’s Killing Eve and BBC One and Amazon co-production A Very English Scandal are leading nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV and Craft Awards.  Killing Eve has scored 14 nominations across both sets of awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Drama Writer and Best Leading Actress – with both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh vying for […]

Amazon wins first Children’s BAFTA

Amazon has picked up its first Children’s BAFTA Award, winning the International Pre-School category for Tumble Leaf. Produced by Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment for Amazon Prime Video, Tumble Leaf follows a blue fox named Fig and his caterpillar friends as they go on adventures to learn about science. The show was created by […]

David Puttnam to oversee new BBC inquiry

Filmmaker David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) is to chair a new independent investigation into public service broadcasting in the UK. The probe comes amid debate over the future of UK pubcaster the BBC and several government-backed investigations into its role and remit. Puttnam, a Lord who sits on the Labour party benches, is known to […]

IMG Media wins the BAFTAs

The distribution arm of sports and media firm IMG has snagged a three-year deal to distribute the awards ceremonies organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). IMG Media will start selling the British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy Television Awards, the British Academy Games Awards and the British Academy Children’s […]

eOne shopping drama series based on Brit flick Skeletons

Entertainment One is pitching a TV series to broadcasters based on the 2010 UK movie Skeletons. The producer and distributor was talking to potential partners about the project at MIPCOM last week and a senior eOne source told TBI that two, currently named, channels are in pole position to come on board the series. UK-listed […]