The Reel Challenge 2018, billed as ‘the ultimate creative adventure’ for aspiring filmmakers, kicks off later this month. After a launch workshop in London, participants travel to Budapest by any means they can, while creating their own short film en-route, supported by a unique community of filmmakers, industry professionals and major sponsors. The events wraps up with a film festival in the Hungarian capital.
We’ve got an amazing last minute opportunity for ProductionBase members: up to five FREE places on The Reel Challenge 2018, with all entry fees paid. If you’d like to find out more, or get your hands on one (or more) of the free tickets, contact co-founder Rob directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. More on the challenge below…
What is an Inclusion Rider?
An “inclusion rider” is a clause attached to an actor’s contract that makes stipulations about the diversity of the cast and the crew, in order to retain the actor services. It is essentially a contractual obligation that need to be adhered to by the company making the production – and it should ensure that diverse hiring in the film and TV projects they work on is guaranteed.
How Does It Work?
The idea was first coined by Stacey Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California at her TedTalk, as she spoke about the positive outcomes that come from this method. She believed it could be a way to tackle Hollywood’s diversity problems, by removing the conscious/unconscious bias that people face in auditions, interviews and hiring processes.
As they make significant moves into the content industry, tech giant Apple has already started hiring top executives from major firms in the business.
Apple had made their plans clear over the summer, when they launched their first two shows: Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. The company was looking to expand into the fast-growing market of video content, and they planned to do so by introducing video broadcasting on Apple Music, eventually aiming at becoming a competitor to Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu.
Determined to make a splash on the original content stage, they closed a deal last month to produce the legendary director Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. Originally aired in 1985, the series won five Emmys before being cancelled, but now a big comeback is imminent as the Cupertino company has invested as much as $1 billion for a new 10-episode season.
Is Disney ready to lead the streaming services market? When the market share of streaming services starts revolving around content, Disney looks like it has everything set up to gain leadership over Netflix.
An increasingly crowded market
Back in 2011, when Netflix decided to detach its streaming service from its original DVD rental business, its strategy was focused on licensing deals with studios and cable channels in order provide the widest catalogue to customers at a bargain price. Netflix’s competitive advantage was almost entirely based on affordability and on the technological framework on which the service was built on, which empowered users with unprecedented flexibility in the way they accessed content.
Following the Harvey Weinstein revelations, the media is loaded with news about how the #MeToo campaign is uncovering Hollywood’s darkest secrets – but what’s the situation like for women working in the industry in the UK?
Narrow Recruitment Channels
A recent report, commissioned by BFI and backed by James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, underlined the culture of nepotism which is at the core of the recruitment process in the industry.
The Work Foundation associate consultant Heather Carey stressed that a lot of employers recruit through word of mouth, creating significant obstacles to people looking for jobs in the first place. “You tend to get that a bit in certain industries but in this industry it is kind of … that’s how it’s done. If you don’t have the network it is incredibly difficult to get in and progress.” She also stressed how critical the lack of diversity is in the film industry compared to other sectors.
A study commissioned by the Major of London greenlights the development of a world class film studio in the East London suburb.
Just a year ago, Sadiq Khan partnered with Film London and the Borough of Barking and Dagenham to commission a feasibility study which investigated the cost benefits of the construction of a 17-acre production facility in East Dagenham.
The report from the study was unveiled on Monday by the Mayor and council leader Darren Rodwell, and the results are very promising. The site has been deemed an “ideal location for Hollywood-style studio space”, and Khan himself was enthusiast to seize such a “rare chance” to build the first production facility in the Greater London area since the establishment of Three Mills in the 1990s.
It’s been a year full of milestones for leading worldwide streaming company Netflix, now one of the world’s biggest content producers.
After hitting 100 million subscribers during the second quarter of 2017, of which more than 50 million are in the US, the streaming service also outmatched the USA’s leading cable TV networks by more than 2 million subscribers for the first time in history.
Last month, Netflix took over the Emmy Awards ceremony with a staggering 20 wins out of 91 nominations, second only to Time Warner owned TV giant, HBO (29 wins/110 nominations).
The results for Q3, released on 16th October, exceeded even the most optimistic predictions, with the company earning close to $3 billion dollars, and adding 5.3 millions subscribers, most of whom are outside the US.
Our pick of the highlights from the BFI Film Festival, which took place earlier this month:
Director: Josh & Benny Safdie
Release date: 17 November 2017
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh
After blowing a bank heist, Constantine Nikas’ (Robert Pattinson) younger brother is arrested. In an adrenaline-fuelled rush to collect $10,000 and save his brother and himself, Constantine risks his life through New York City’s underworld, in a spiral of chaos and violence that puts his own life on the line.
“By now, Robert Pattinson shouldn’t have to prove he can act. Cosmopolis, The Rover, Maps to the Stars and The Lost City of Z – they all show that his brooding Twilight days have passed into teen-movie myth. But if doubters still need proof, check out the Pattinson tour de force in Good Time. The title makes the movie sound like a romp. Instead, it’s a hellish ride through a New York night. As directed by the Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, the movie rips through 100 minutes of screen time like Wile E. Coyote with his tail on fire. It’s electrifying.” – Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
BBC Studios is looking for new talent to help us make one of their best-loved programmes, The One Show:
“We are hosting an exclusive invitation-only event for Senior Researchers in June 2017. We are looking for both live studio researchers and self-shooting researchers, who help to make topical films for the programme. You will need to be an experienced researcher with a proven track record at generating ideas and stories. You’ll have rigorous journalistic skills, be passionate about primetime popular entertainment and should be able to demonstrate experience of both. Get to hear the latest about our shows and job opportunities direct from our Executive Producers, Programme Editors, Series Producers and Talent Managers.
To meet, network and speed date our senior staff apply to be shortlisted. Email your CV with the subject heading ‘Talent Event’ to:talentRSVP@bbc.co.uk“
Sheffield Doc/Fest returns from tomorrow, featuring its usual mix of inspirational doc screenings; lively discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses. We pick out a few of the highlights from this years festival, which runs from 10-15th June:
Screening: Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore
Where to Invade Next is a 2015 American documentary written and directed by Michael Moore. In this politically provocative comedy, Moore confronts the most pressing issues facing the US today, and travels around the world looking for solutions in foreign methods. The film will premiere at the festival’s opening night on 10th June, and will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Moore. Read more: http://bit.ly/25LIynb