International Insider: The Big Production Bounceback; Oscar Contenders; Brits Blitz Golden Globes; India’s Cinema Recovery (deadline.com)
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The Big Bounceback
Putting a price on the pandemic: £774 million ($1 billion). That’s how much less was spent on UK film and TV production last year compared with 2019, per the BFI. For a booming industry, that might seem like a gut punch, but zoom out, and it’s an utterly remarkable show of resilience. Remember, filming was basically shut down for around four months last year (there were zero high-end TV shoots in Q3). Running with this maths, spending should theoretically have fallen by a third or more. Instead, it was down by just a fifth to £2.8B.
By: Jake Kanter