As many across the globe tuned in to watch Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on monday, one key element from UK television was missing – all advertising content had been removed. The decision was initially taken for the day of the announcement of the Queen’s death, but was then repeated for the funeral. As unprecedented numbers tuned in to watch the coverage, questions will inevitably be asked about why this decision was taken.
Amazon Studios announced their partnership with MACRO film studios on 14 September 2022 for a multiyear first look film deal. The deal will give Amazon the opportunity to be the first in the know of all feature film projects from MACRO, giving the streaming platform the rights to then develop, package and produce those projects for Prime Video which is available in over 240 countries.
Issa Rae’s newest series Rap Sh!t has been renewed for a second season. The HBO Max show is Rae’s second episodic series following the global success of Insecure. Rap Sh!t stars writer and stand-up comedian Aida Osman and American rapper KaMillion.
On 8 Septemebr 2022, the Saudi Film Commission announced the conclusion to four feature film productions. Led by winners of the Daw Film Competition, the films include Within Sand, Raven Song, Norah and Derat Ajdadi.
Olympian and Grammy Award-winner Savannah Leaf is set to release the coming-of-age story Earth Mama through independent entertainment company A24. Serving as writer and director to the production, the former volleyball champion will bring the depth and delicateness of her directorial perspective to the feature film screen. A release date is yet to be revealed.
Somerset based staging company, Serious Stages, have brought their state-of-the-art structures to Longcross studios. With over 200,000 square feet of stage space and a variety of other workshops and location areas, Serious Stages has contributed and expanded Longcross to cater for the recent and future production boom.