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Is Netflix’s Subscriber Loss Really That Bad?



Netflix experienced a subscriber drop of one million subscribers in its second quarter of 2022, but these losses may not really be that bad. The company is undoubtedly hugely successful, launching numerous original series like the global hits Stranger Things and Bridgerton, as well as churning out Oscar-winning movies such as Roma and Marriage Story. In the US and Canada alone, 75 million out of a total 142 million households have subscriptions to Netflix (via The Guardian).

Netflix rang in 2022 with approximately 222 million subscribers but lost 600,000 from the US and Canada alone after its January price hikes. Then in March of the same year, Netflix pulled its service out of Russia in support of Ukraine, losing another 700,000 subscribers. In April, the company reported overall losses of 200,000 subscriptions for the first quarter. These losses resulted in a sharp drop in share prices and 150 Netflix employees getting laid off to cut costs.


In its second quarter, Netflix lost an additional 970,000 subscriptions, though this was better than the two million they had originally estimated (via IndieWire). This is likely due to the phenomenal success of May’s Stranger Things season 4 Volume 1 release. This season of the hit series generated 1.3 billion hours of streaming in its first month, breaking viewership records as Netflix’s biggest season of an English-speaking show ever. As a result, despite still being in the red, Netflix’s loss in subscribers might not really be that bad after all. The company still sustains over 220 million global subscribers and even predicts it will add another one million in the next quarter.

Why Netflix Is Losing Subscribers

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, Netflix was at an all-time high as people stuck at home had few options for entertainment. Now that people are returning to in-person activities, however, Netflix is struggling to attract new sign-ups and maintain its current members, especially as the cost of living rises and people cut back on unnecessary expenses. This has led to Netflix losing subscribers, a shift furthered by its subscription cost increasing to $15.49 in the US compared to the $11 it cost in 2019. The price hikes Netflix has implemented are risky, especially since it is now more expensive than its major competitors Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Disney+.

Furthermore, people often subscribe to multiple streaming services, but in cutting back, they stick with whichever companies offer their favorite content. An example of this is Disney+, which offers exclusive franchise content like Star Wars and Marvel, which resonates with a broad audience – and users are often also highly loyal to this type of content. Additionally, with content like Netflix’s Christmas movie Princess Switch 3 streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, some of the service’s original content is cannibalizing its own appeal via other platforms. Companies like HBO and Paramount have even launched their own streaming services, removing their content from Netflix accordingly.

Netflix has also recently been criticized by subscribers for focusing more on the quantity, not the quality of its new streaming content. Whether justified or not, Netflix has developed a reputation in recent years for debuting shows to draw in subscribers but then canceling the series after a few seasons. And while most people stick around for premium content, such as its huge hits like Stranger Things and Bridgerton, these are not always enough for users to justify staying with the service.

Is Netflix’s Subscriber Loss That Bad?

Netflix still boasts 220 million subscribers, many more than its competitors Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, with 200 million and 130 million subscribers, respectively (via IndieWire). Additionally, new subscribers still join the platform, usually from demographics with different tastes than existing subscribers. This allows Netflix to showcase existing content to a new audience but also present new material to a broader audience going forward. The company is also expecting to add another million subscribers in its third quarter, indicating their losses are plateauing. This leaves an opening to continue to slow their decline and implement crucial changes needed to bounce back.

How Netflix Is Trying To Stop Its Subscriber Loss

Netflix has a few ideas for preventing the inevitable loss of more subscribers and encouraging new sign-ups. The first is to reduce password sharing, which, at present, allows an estimated 100 million households to stream their content for free (via CNN Business). The company hopes to roll out a user-friendly offering where users can pay to add extra profiles to their accounts for users outside their household. Presently, they are already charging $2-$3 more for additional accounts in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru. This idea may work in theory, but it is hard to reinforce, and the company has so far failed to prevent password sharing.

Netflix also hopes to stop its subscriber loss by offering users a lower-priced subscription as soon as 2023. This subscription would involve Netflix adding advertisements to its content, targeted and tailored to each subscriber. Netflix will partner with Microsoft to develop this new ad tier (via CNN Business). While lower prices may lure new and old users to the platform alike, Netflix could be charged premiums by studios whose content would now have advertisements. Additionally, some studios may object to advertising in their content, meaning the lower-cost subscription would exclude certain series and movies. The specific pricing for the upcoming advertisement-focused tier is unknown at this time.

Another significant way Netflix hopes to retain and earn new subscribers is by creating franchise-like brands similar to its competitors and focusing on more high-profile releases. The company hopes to turn its bigger shows and movies into larger universes where they can not only expand on content but also sell marketable products, such as the Hellfire Club merchandise popularized by Stranger Things season 4. This past season of Stranger Things also teased future spinoffs, much like Money Heist’s own Korean spin-off that was released earlier this year after the mega success of Korean drama Squid Game, Netflix’s most-watched show. In addition, Netflix is turning some of its movies into franchises, including Enola Holmes, Knives Out, and Extraction, which are all set to see sequels.

Netflix are using a few other methods to retain subscribers, too, including splitting content – such as breaking Stranger Things season 4 into two volumes – as a clever way to retain subscribers over multiple quarters. Stranger Things Volume 2 also broke streaming rules with its two movie-length episodes, showing the service is also trying to focus on quality content itself rather than the formulaic structure it usually follows with its binge-worthy series. Netflix is also focusing on major book adaptations like spy thriller “The Gray Man” and Japanese manga “One Piece.” The company has even hired in-house book scouts to find quality works to adapt, rather than having outside agents or publishers pitch their own material.

What Netflix’s Subscriber Loss Means For Other Streaming Services

Streaming services like Disney+ have the considerable advantage of franchise-dedicated users, like those who enjoy Star Wars and Marvel. While Netflix is a streamer without much to fall back on besides subscriptions, other companies like Amazon also have other businesses and revenue streams to rely on. Furthermore, as subscribers leave Netflix, they will likely be looking for cheaper (or better) alternatives, leaving the door open for other streaming services to reel them in. Disney+ has broken its own viewership records, partly thanks to the 8 million new subscribers it gained in the second quarter (via The Wall Street Journal). There is a possibility some services may merge, offering service bundles to offset costs for users who regularly use multiple platforms. Contrastingly, services could also start to offer content that can be paid for separately from a subscription, allowing people to pay specifically for what they want to watch.

With Netflix leading streaming services for so long, it seemed inevitable the company would see losses of some sort – as there’s only one way to go from the top. However, Netflix’s loss of subscribers really isn’t that bad, as this sudden wake-up call gave the company the push it needed to come up with fresh approaches to its subscriptions and content. Despite its losses, Netflix continues to maintain a higher number of subscribers than its competition. Only time will tell if Netflix can bounce back in its third quarter of 2022.

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Is ‘Swarm’ Based on a True Story? Here Are the Connections to Beyoncé and Real Murders



This article contains spoilers for “Swarm.”

The first image of the debut episode of the serial killer series “Swarm” is a spin on classic Hollywood disclaimer language: “Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is intentional.”

It’s a provocative start to the kaleidoscopic pop culture satire, created by Janine Nabers and Donald Glover and starring Dominique Fishback as Dre, a woman so obsessed with pop singer Ni’Jah that she’d kill to defend her honor. Given the bloodshed and not-so-subtle parallels between Ni’Jah and the career and passionate fanbase of Beyoncé, it’s easy to believe there could have been a real-life cross-country serial killer murdering those who dare take Queen Bey’s name in vain. But what’s the reality behind the purported true story of “Swarm”?

The answer is…complicated. Before diving too deep, it’s important to note that at the end of the credits, there is a much more conventional title card removing “Swarm” from litigious vulnerability, reading, “While this story is inspired by certain actual events, it is a work of fiction. The characters and events portrayed are fictitious, and any similarity to or identification with the name, character, or history of any actual persons, living or dead, or any company, is entirely coincidental and unintentional.”

Plus, Nabers told Variety, “Everything is legally combed through. If we pushed it, we pushed it to the very, very, very edge, but it’s legal and we’re proud of that.”

But what are the “certain actual events”? It’s not hard to break down the many nods to Beyoncé throughout the series, which start with the titular fanbase of “Swarm” itself, which evokes the singer’s BeyHive faithful. Here are more of the similarities between Ni’Jah and Beyoncé:

  • The Ni’Jah visual album “Festival” is a nod to Beyoncé’s 2016 record “Lemonade”: a surprise release about her unfaithful husband.
  • Both artists are from Houston.
  • Ni’Jah is pregnant with twins, just like Beyoncé was in 2017.
  • Characters pit Ni’Jah against her sister, as Beyoncé is often compared to her sister and fellow recording artist Solange.
  • There is a reference to an incident where Ni’Jah stood to the side while her sister and husband fought, recalling the infamous elevator battle between Solange and Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z in 2014.
  • Dre gets overwhelmed by Ni’Jah and bites her, a nod to a story Tiffany Haddish told about Beyoncé being bitten at a party by a famous fan. The episode also pokes fun at an internet rumor that actor and director Sanaa Lathan was the guilty party (When the two cooks, lounging around on a smoke break spot Dre fleeing from the club, one says, “You know who that was? Chick from ‘Love & Basketball’”). Episode 4 begins with a spoof of Ellen DeGeneres’ interview with John Legend in which she grilled him about what he knew.
  • The Ni’Jah outfit in the finale is inspired by Beyoncé’s 2016 Super Bowl dancers.

Despite those and many other subtle nods, the creative team has been careful to not name Beyoncé specifically. At the series’ Mar. 10 South by Southwest premiere, the moderator asked if a “pop star who shall not be named” had seen the show. Nabers said “of course,” but then a rep retracted her answer the next day, saying she doesn’t know who has seen the series and who hasn’t.

Elsewhere during the premiere, Nabers would only refer to Beyoncé as “a certain pop star,” even Chlöe Bailey, who co-stars in the series and counts Beyoncé as a mentor, was cagey, telling Variety when asked whether she’s seen the show, “You’ll have to ask her that. I can’t speak for her.” The closest Glover came to actual confirmation was at the Los Angeles screening, quipping about the show’s reaction: “Beyhive, don’t kill us.”

As for the murders? As Variety reported, Nabers says that “every episode, with the exception of Episode 4, has a true foundation for its murder.” Speaking about Dre’s murder of her girlfriend Rashida (Kiersey Clemons), she said, “We found a murder in 2018 that took place in the outskirts of Georgia with a young woman that was brutally killed and discarded in some sort of kind of like desert, woodsy area. That was a white woman, but we did our own thing. All of that is based on real situations.”

Nabers also spoke at the SXSW premiere about a grim story that kicked off the idea for the series.

“In Texas, there was a rumor that a girl named Marissa Jackson killed herself because she realized that a certain pop star was being cheated on by her husband,” she said. “And my very best friend’s last name is Jackson. So there was a text with some of my friends where we were like, ‘Who is Marissa Jackson?’ For two days, we thought this was a real event, and it was dispelled later on Black Twitter. So when Donald pitched this idea of a Black woman who’s obsessed with the pop star, I said, ‘I know what the pilot is’ and ran with it. So every episode deals with real news stories, real events or internet rumors that have happened, and we have put our wonderful woman at the center of that story.”

A card from the closing credits of the “Swarm” episode “Stung.”

Additional reporting by Selome Hailu and Angelique Jackson

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DC’s Titans Season 4 Part 2 Trailer Reveals Tim Drake’s Robin Costume



The Titans season 4, part 2 trailer and release date has finally been unveiled. One of HBO Max’s long-running DC TV shows is getting ready for its final batch of episodes. After the airing of part 1, HBO Max confirmed Titans season 4, part 2, will officially end the series. The news came alongside the cancellation of Doom Patrol, which will also conclude with season 4, part 2. The two shows were part of launching the DC Universe streaming service before moving to HBO Max. It’s unclear when Doom Patrol season 4, part 2 will arrive.


HBO Max released a new Titans season 4, part 2 trailer, giving a taste of what is to come. Additionally, HBO Max has finally set a return date for Titans season 4, part 2. The remaining six episodes of the DC TV show will premiere on Thursday, April 13.

In addition to the trailer, a first look at Jay Lycurgo’s Tim Drake as Robin was also unveiled.

Everything We Know About Titans Season 4, Part 2

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With only six episodes left to go, there is a lot coming up in Titans season 4, part 2. The first episode back, “Dude’s Where’s My Gar?” was co-written by Beast Boy himself, Ryan Potter. This episode is rumored to be the speculated crossover with Stargirl. Brec Bassinger, who plays Courtney Whitmore, went to Toronto while suited up as Stargirl. After sharing an image with Potter, rumblings about a crossover with The CW show came about.

Both the trailer and the Robin reveal confirm that Tim’s training will finally lead to him suiting up. How Tim’s Robin costume comes into play remains to be seen. It was speculated that Jason Todd was going to be one of the returning Titans after a comment by the showrunner. Based on the footage, Jason may be a crucial part of Tim’s final steps to becoming Robin.

The Titans season 4, part 2 trailer also makes it clear that Brother Blood will be their biggest threat ever. While the show ending is bittersweet, there is clearly a lot to look forward to in the final six episodes. Hopefully, there will be more surprises in store for Titans season 4, part 2, apart from what’s already been shown.

Titans season 4, part 2 premieres Thursda, April 13 on HBO Max.

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‘This is Going to Hurt,’ ‘The Responder’ Lead BAFTA TV Awards Nominations



The BBC’s “This is Going to Hurt” and “The Responder” led the way at the BAFTA Television Awards and the BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2023 with six nominations each.

Apple TV+’s “Bad Sisters” and “Slow Horses,” Netflix’s “The Crown” and the BBC’s “The English” receive five nominations each, while the BBC’s “Am I Being Unreasonable?” and “Somewhere Boy,” Channel 4’s “Big Boys” and Netflix’s “Top Boy” receive four nominations each.

Overall, the BBC leads with 81 nominations, followed by Channel 4 with 33, Netflix with 24, ITV with 19, Apple TV+ with 15, Sky with 14 and Disney+ with eight.

P&O Cruises is the headline sponsor of BAFTA Television Awards, which will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan on May 14.

Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, said: “Huge congratulations to all our nominees. Today a record number of entries in television and craft resulted in 128 nominations, demonstrating fantastic strength and depth in programming and talent in 2022.”

Sara Putt, deputy chair of BAFTA and chair of BAFTA’s television committee, added: “Our awards encourage the public to talk about great TV and the craft and creativity that goes into creating the most talked-about TV of 2022. Production companies gave us topical and authentic stories that resonated with British audiences, from hard hitting non-scripted programming to strong-female led narratives. I am delighted to see that the interventions we put in place to improve female representation in the director and entertainment performance categories have had positive results. These nominations reflect some of those changes we are seeing today, and will continue to see in the future. The BAFTA Elevate and BAFTA Breakthrough talent schemes have also supported a number of first time nominees across categories – so if you haven’t seen some of these nominated programs, do watch them.”

BAFTA Television Awards 2023 With P&O Cruises Nominations List

Comedy Entertainment Program
“Friday Night Live” – Geoff Posner, Susie Hall, Lucy Ansbro, Shane Allen – Phil Mcintyre Television, Boffola Pictures/Channel 4
“The Graham Norton Show” production team – So Television/BBC One
“Taskmaster” – Alex Horne, Andy Devonshire, Andy Cartwright, James Taylor – Avalon/Channel 4
“Would I Lie To You?” – Peter Holmes, Rachel Ablett, Barbara Wiltshire, Adam Copeland, Jake Graham, Zoe Waterman – Zeppotron/BBC One

Current Affairs
“Afghanistan: No Country For Women (Exposure)” – Ramita Navai, Karim Shah, Eamonn Matthews, Mark Summers, Ali Watt – Quicksilver Media/ITV1
“Children Of The Taliban” – Marcel Mettelsiefen, Jordan Bryon, Juan Camilo Cruz, Stephen Ellis, Aman Sadat – Moondogs Films/Channel 4
“The Crossing (Exposure)” – Handa Majed, David Modell, Ella Newton, Jamie Welham, Nechirvan Mando, Ben Ferguson – DM Productions/ITV1
“Mariupol: The People’s Story (Panorama)” – Robin Barnwell, Guy Creasey, Hilary Andersson
Darren Kemp, Tom Stone, Serhiy Solodko – Top Hat Productions, Hayloft Productions/BBC One

“The Chase” – Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott, Helen Tumbridge, Caroline Sale, John L. Spencer, Hester Davies – Potato/ITV1
“The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit” production team – Ricochet/BBC One
“Scam Interceptors” production team – BBC Studios/BBC One

Drama Series
“Bad Sisters” – Sharon Horgan, Dearbhla Walsh, Faye Dorn, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Johann Knobel – Merman, ABC Signature/Apple TV+
“The Responder” – Chris Carey, Laurence Bowen, Tony Schumacher, Tim Mielants, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Bruce – Dancing Ledge/BBC One
“Sherwood” – James Graham, Lewis Arnold, Rebecca Hodgson, Juliette Howell, Tessa Ross, Harriet Spencer – House Productions/BBC One
“Somewhere Boy” – Pete Jackson, Petra Fried, Emily Harrison, Gavin O’grady, Alex Winckler – Clerkenwell Films/Channel 4

Entertainment Performance
Big Zuu – “Big Zuu’s Big Eats” – Boom Cymru/Dave
Claudia Winkleman – “The Traitors” – Studio Lambert/BBC One
Lee Mack – “The 1% Club” – Magnum Media/ITV1
Mo Gilligan – “The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan” – Expectation, Momo G/Channel 4
Rosie Jones – “Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard” – CPL Productions/Channel 4
Sue Perkins – “Sue Perkins: Perfectly Legal” – Rumpus Media, Croydon Films/Netflix

Entertainment Program
“Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” production team – Lifted Entertainment, Mitre Studios/ITV1
“Later… With Jools Holland: Jools’ 30th Birthday Bash” production team – BBC Studios/BBC Two
“The Masked Singer” – Derek Mclean, Daniel Nettleton, Claire Horton, Diccon Ramsay – Bandicoot Scotland/ITV1
“Strictly Come Dancing” production Team – BBC Studios/BBC One

Factual Series
“Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime” – Kira Phillips, Barry Ronan, Rosina Andreou, Graeme Mcaulay, Abi Walker, Charlie Macdonald – Blast! Films/Channel 4
“Libby, Are You Home Yet?” – Anna Hall, Josephine Besbrode, Luke Rothery, Danielle Jones, Celia Jennison – Candour Productions/Sky Crime
“Vatican Girl: The Disappearance Of Emanuela Orlandi” – Mark Lewis, Dimitri Doganis, Tom Barry, Chiara Messineo, Simon Mills, Kaylin Simmons – Raw TV/Netflix
“Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing” production team – Label1/ITV1

“Big Zuu’s Big Eats” – Alex Gilman, Sam Grace, Chris Faith, Zuhair Hassan, Errol Ettienne, Rohan Minhas – Boom Cymru/Dave
“Joe Lycett Vs Beckham: Got Your Back At Xmas” production team – Rumpus Media, My Options Were Limited/Channel 4
“The Martin Lewis Money Show Live” – Martin Lewis, Mike Blair, Clare Miller, Jaime Corby, Richard Jack, Ravinder Dehele – Multistory Media/ITV1
“The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan” production team – Rumpus Media/BBC Two

Female Performance In A Comedy Program
Daisy May Cooper – “Am I Being Unreasonable?” – Boffola Pictures, Lookout Point/BBC One
Diane Morgan – “Cunk On Earth” – Broke And Bones/BBC Two
Lucy Beaumont – “Meet The Richardsons” – Second Act Productions/Dave
Natasia Demetriou – “Ellie & Natasia” – Nit Television/BBC Three
Siobhán Mcsweeney – “Derry Girls” – Hat Trick Productions/Channel 4
Taj Atwal – “Hullraisers” – Fable Pictures/Channel 4

“The Bear” – Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, Hiro Murai – FX Productions/Disney+
“Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” production team – Ryan Murphy Productions/Netflix “Wednesday” production team – MGM Television/Netflix
“Oussekine” – Anthony Lancret, Pierre Laugier, Juliette Lassalle, Antoine Chevrollier, Pauline Dauvin, Kevin Deysson – Itinéraire Productions/Disney+
“Pachinko” – Soo Hugh, Michael Ellenberg, Lindsey Springer, Theresa Kang, Richard Middleton, Kogonada – Media Res, Blue Marble Pictures/Apple TV+
“The White Lotus” – Mike White, David Bernad, Mark Kamine, John Valerio, Heather Persons – HBO, Rip Cord, The District/Sky Atlantic

Leading Actor
Ben Whishaw – “This Is Going To Hurt” – Sister, Terrible Productions/BBC One
Chaske Spencer – “The English” – Drama Republic, Eight Rooks/ BBC Two
Cillian Murphy – “Peaky Blinders” – Caryn Mandabach Productions/BBC One
Gary Oldman – “Slow Horses” – See Saw Films/Apple TV+
Martin Freeman – “The Responder” – Dancing Ledge/BBC One
Taron Egerton – “Black Bird” – Apple Studios/Apple TV+

Leading Actress
Billie Piper – “I Hate Suzie Too” – Bad Wolf/Sky Atlantic
Imelda Staunton – “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television/Netflix
Kate Winslet – “I Am Ruth” – Me+you Productions, Juggle Productions/Channel 4
Maxine Peake – “Anne” – World Productions/ITV1
Sarah Lancashire – “Julia” – Lionsgate Television, Mad Ben Productions, Modern O Productions, Inc., 3Arts Entertainment, HBO Max /Sky Atlantic
Vicky Mcclure – “Without Sin” – Left Bank Pictures/ITVX

Live Event
“Concert For Ukraine” – Guy Freeman, Richard Valentine, Anouk Fontaine, Tom Cuckson, Laura Djanogly, Jen Bollom – Livewire Pictures/ITV1
“Platinum Jubilee: Party At The Palace” production team – BBC Studios/BBC One
“The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II” production team – BBC Studios/BBC One

Male Performance in a Comedy Program
Daniel Radcliffe – “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” –Funny or Die, Tango Entertainment/The Roku Channel Jon Pointing – “Big Boys” – Roughcut Tv/Channel 4
Joseph Gilgun – “Brassic” – Calamity Films/Sky Max
Lenny Rush – “Am I Being Unreasonable?” – Boffola Pictures, Lookout Point/BBC One
Matt Berry – “What We Do In The Shadows” – FX Productions/Disney+
Stephen Merchant – “The Outlaws” – Big Talk Productions, Four Eyes Entertainment/BBC One

“A Spy Among Friends” – Alexander Cary, Nick Murphy, Chrissy Skinns, Patrick Spence, Damian Lewis – ITV Studios, Sony/ITVX
“Mood” – Nicôle Lecky, Margery Bone, Lisa Walters, Dawn Shadforth, Stroma Cairns – Bonafide Films/BBC Three
“The Thief, His Wife And The Canoe” – David Nath, Richard Laxton, Chris Lang, Alison Sterling – Story Films/ITV1
“This Is Going To Hurt” – Adam Kay, Jane Featherstone, Naomi De Pear, James Farrell, Holly Pullinger, Lucy Forbes – Sister, Terrible Productions/BBC One

News Coverage
“BBC News At Ten: Russia Invades Ukraine” production team – BBC News/BBC One
“Channel 4 News: Live In Kyiv” production team – ITN/Channel 4
“Good Morning Britain: Boris Johnson Interview” production team – ITV Studios/ITV1

Reality & Constructed Factual
“Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams” – Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, Naomi Templeton, Cath Tudor – South Shore/BBC One
“RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.” RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, Bruce Mccoy, Matt Green, Tony Grech-Smith – World of Wonder/BBC Three
“The Traitors” production team – Studio Lambert/BBC One
“We Are Black And British” – Narinder Minhas, Becky Clarke, Lindsay Davies, Rebecca Nunn, Ryan Samuda, Jessica Mitchell – Cardiff Productions, Open University/BBC Two

Scripted Comedy
“Am I Being Unreasonable?” – Daisy May Cooper, Selin Hizli, Jonny Campbell, Pippa Brown, Jack Thorne – Boffola Pictures, Lookout Point/BBC One
“Big Boys” – Jack Rooke, Jim Archer, Ash Atalla, Alex Smith, Bertie Peek – Roughcut TV/Channel 4
“Derry Girls” – Lisa Mcgee, Liz Lewin, Caroline Leddy, Michael Lennox, Brian J. Falconer, Jessica Sharkey – Hat Trick Productions/Channel 4
“Ghosts” production team – Monumental Television, Them There/BBC One

Short Form Program
“Always, Asifa” – Shiva Raichandani, Alex Balcombe – Raisilience, Together TV/Together TV
“Biscuitland” -Jess Thom, Matthew Pountney, Christine Robertson, Jon Rolph – Fremantle, North Bridge Media/All 4
“How To Be A Person” – Anna Hashmi, Sindha Agha, Samira Mian, Anne Perrie, Tobi Kyeremateng – The Corner Shop/E4
“Kingpin Cribs” production team – Zandland Films/YouTube – Channel 4

Single Documentary
“Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes” – James Jones, Darren Kemp, Rupert Houseman, Serhiy Solodko, Joanna Marshall, Sasha Odynova – Top Hat/Sky Documentaries
“Escape From Kabul Airport” – Jamie Roberts, William Grayburn, Dan Reed – Amos Pictures, HBO, Arte/BBC Two
“Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story” – Guy King, Saskia Rusher, Simon Mcmahon, Zac Beattie, Guy Meachin, Libby Taylor – The Garden Productions/BBC Two
“The Real Mo Farah” – Leo Burley, Hannah Richards, Rick Barker, Marvyn Benoit, Shona Thompson, Zad Rogers – Atomized Studios, Red Bull Studios/BBC One

Single Drama
“I Am Ruth” – Dominic Savage, Krishnendu Majumdar, Josh Hyams, Kate Winslet, Richard Yee, David Charap – Me+You Productions, Juggle Productions/Channel 4
“The House” – Paloma Baeza, Niki Lindroth Von Bahr, Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels, Charlotte Bavasso, Christopher O’Reilly – Nexus Studios/Netflix
“Life And Death In The Warehouse” – Joseph Bullman, Helen Black, Tracie Simpson, Aysha Rafaele, Tim Hodges, Steve Lawes – BBC Studios/BBC Three

Soap & Continuing Drama
“Casualty Production Team” – BBC Studios/BBC One Eastenders Production Team – BBC Studios/BBC One
“Emmerdale” – production team – ITV Studios/ITV1

Specialist Factual
“AIDS: The Unheard Tapes” production team – Wall To Wall Media/BBC Two
“The Green Planet” – Michael Gunton, Rupert Barrington, Paul Williams, Peter Bassett, Rosie Thomas, Elisabeth Oakham – BBC Studios Natural History Unit, PBS, Bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions, The Open University/BBC One
“How To Survive A Dictator With Munya Chawawa” production team – Rumpus Media/Channel 4
“Russia 1985-1999: Traumazone” – Adam Curtis, Sandra Gorel, Rose Garnett, Grigor Atanesian – BBC Film/BBC iPlayer

“Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games” production team – BBC Sport, Sunset+Vine/BBC One
“UEFA Women’s Euro 2022” production team – Whisper, BBC Sport/BBC One
“Wimbledon 2022” production team – BBC Sport, Wimbledon Broadcast Services/BBC One

Supporting Actor
Adeel Akhtar – “Sherwood” – House Productions/BBC One
Jack Lowden – “Slow Horses” – See-Saw Films/Apple TV+
Josh Finan – “The Responder” – Dancing Ledge/BBC One
Salim Daw – “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television/Netflix
Samuel Bottomley – “Somewhere Boy” – Clerkenwell Films/Channel 4
Will Sharpe – “The White Lotus” – HBO, Rip Cord, The District/Sky Atlantic

Supporting Actress
Adelayo Adedayo – “The Responder” – Dancing Ledge/BBC One
Anne-Marie Duff – “Bad Sisters” – Merman, ABC Signature/Apple TV+
Fiona Shaw – “Andor” – Lucasfilm/Disney+
Jasmine Jobson – “Top Boy” – Cowboy Films, Easter Partisan Films, Dream Crew, Springhill Entertainment/Netflix
Lesley Manville – “Sherwood” – House Productions/BBC One
Saffron Hocking – “Top Boy” – Cowboy Films, Easter Partisan Films, Dream Crew, Springhill Entertainment/Netflix

Bafta Television Craft Awards in 2023 Nominations List
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Costume Design Sponsored by Screenskills High-End Television Skills Fund
Amy Roberts – “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television / Netflix
Becky Sloan, Joe Pelling – “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” – Blink Industries / All 4
Jane Petrie – “The Essex Serpent” – See-sSw Films / Apple TV+
Phoebe de Gaye – “The English” – Drama Republic, Eight Rooks / BBC Two

Director: Factual
Emma Cooper – “The Mystery Of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes” – Empress Films, Library Films / Netflix
Felicity Morris – “The Tinder Swindler” – Netflix, Gaspin Media, AGC Studios, VG / Netflix
James Jones – “Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes” – Top Hat / Sky Documentaries
Sophie Robinson – “My Dead Body” – 141 Productions / Channel 4

Director: Fiction Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
Dearbhla Walsh – “Bad Sisters” – Merman, Abc Signature/ Apple TV+
Hugo Blick – “The English” – Drama Republic, Eight Rooks / BBC Two
Lucy Forbes – “This Is Going To Hurt” – Sister, Terrible Productions / BBC One
William Stefan Smith – “Top Boy” – Cowboy Films, Easter Partisan Films, Dream Crew, Springhill Entertainment / Netflix

Director: Multi-Camera
Directing team – “The State Funeral Of HM Queen Elizabeth II” – BBC Studios / BBC One
Janet Fraser Crook – “Glastonbury 2022” – BBC Studios / BBC Two
Julia Knowles – “Platinum Jubilee: Party At The Palace” – BBC Studios / BBC One
Nikki Parsons – “Strictly Come Dancing” – BBC Studios / BBC One

Editing: Factual
Ben Brown – “Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story” – 72 Films / Netflix
Doug Bryson – “Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing” – Owl Power / BBC Two
Mark Summers – “Afghanistan – No Country For Women (Exposure)” – Quicksilver Media / ITV1
Rupert Houseman – “Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes” – Top Hat / Sky Documentaries

Editing: Fiction
Celia Haining – “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television / Netflix
Frances Parker – “Andor” (Episode 7) – Lucasfilm / Disney+
Katie Weiland – “Slow Horses” (Series 1, Episode 1) – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+
Selina Macarthur – “This Is Going To Hurt” – Sister, Terrible Productions / BBC One

Emerging Talent: Factual
Charlie Melville (Producer/Director) – “John & Joe Bishop: Life After Deaf” – South Shore Productions, Lola / ITV
Helen Hobin (Photography) – “Frozen Planet II” – BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, France Televisions, ZDF, The Open University / BBC One
Jason Osborne (Director) – “Our Jubilee” – Multistory Media / ITV1
Joy Ash (Series Producer) – “Super Surgeons: A Chance At Life” – Wonderhood Studios / Channel 4

Emerging Talent: Fiction Sponsored by Sara Putt Associates
Jack Rooke (Writer) – “Big Boys” – Roughcut TV / Channel 4
Lynette Linton (Director) – “My Name Is Leon” – Douglas Road Productions, Tiger Aspect, Ringside Studios, Vicarious Productions / BBC Two
Nicôle Lecky (Writer) – “Mood” – Bonafide Films / BBC Three
Pete Jackson (Writer) – “Somewhere Boy” – Clerkenwell Films / Channel 4

Entertainment Craft Team Sponsored by Hotcam
Andy Devonshire, James Dillon, Dru Masters, Rebecca Bowker – “Taskmaster” – Avalon / Channel 4 Catherine Land, David Bishop, Patrick Doherty, Richard Silitto, David Newton, Joe Phillips – “Strictly Come Dancing” – BBC Studios / BBC One
Jen Bollom, Gareth Iles, Tim Routledge, Steve Sidwell, Richard Valentine, Chris Vaughan – “Concert For Ukraine” – Livewire Pictures / ITV1
Tom Bairstow, Nigel Catmur, Andy Deacon, Kevin Duff, Simon Haw, Steve Sidwell – “Platinum Jubilee: Party At The Palace” – BBC Studios / BBC One

Make Up & Hair Design
Amanda Knight, Barrie Gower, Rosalia Culora – “House Of The Dragon” – HBO, 1:26 Pictures, Bastard Sword, Grrm Productions / Sky Atlantic
Daniel Parker, Deborah Kenton, Claudia Stolze, Jovana Jovanovic, Wayne Fitzsimmons, Jana Radilová -“Dangerous Liaisons” – Playground, Flame Ventures, Lionsgate Television / Lionsgate+
Helen Speyer – “Gangs Of London” – Pulse Films, Sister / Sky Atlantic Tara McDonald Wednesday – MGM Television / Netflix

Original Music: Factual
Andrew Phillips – “House Of Maxwell” – Expectation / BBC Two
Jessica Jones – “Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story” –72 Films / Netflix
Jessica Jones – “The Tinder Swindler” – Raw TV / Netflix
Max de Wardener -“The Elon Musk Show” – 72 Films / BBC Two

Original Music: Fiction
Daniel Pemberton, Mick Jagger – “Slow Horses” – See-Saw Films/ Apple TV+
Federico Jusid – “The English” – Drama Republic, Eight Rooks / BBC Two
Matthew Herbert – “The Responder” – Dancing Ledge / BBC One
Nicole Lecky, Bryan Senti, Kwame Kz Kwei-armah Jr – “Mood” – Bonafide Films / BBC Three

Photography: Factual
Marcel Mettelsiefen, Jordan Bryon – “Children Of The Taliban” – Moondogs Films / Channel 4
Steve Jamison – “Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive” – Archer’s Mark / Netflix
Sue Gibson, Robin Cox, Florian Schulz, Will Nicholls – “Predators” – Always True To Nature / Sky Nature Tim Shepherd, Oliver Mueller, Todd Kewley, Jessica Mitchell, Sam Lewis – “Green Planet (Tropical Worlds)” – BBC Studios Natural History Unit, PBS, Bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions, The Open University / BBC One

Photography & Lighting: Fiction
Anthony Dod Mantle – “Pistol” – FX, wiip / Disney+
Ben Wheeler – “The Tourist” – Two Brothers Pictures, HBO Max / BBC One
Chas Appeti – “Jungle” – Nothing Lost Productions / Amazon Prime Video
Rachel Clark – “I Am Ruth” – Me+You Productions, Juggle Productions / Channel 4

Production Design Sponsored by Microsoft
Alice Normington – “The Essex Serpent” – See-Saw Productions/ Apple TV+
Becky Sloan, Joe Pelling – “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” – Blink Industries / All 4
Chris Roope – “The English” – Drama Republic, Eight Rooks / BBC Two
Kave Quinn, Tim Blake, Stella Fox, Penny Crawford, Emily Norris – “Pistol” – FX, wiip / Disney+

Scripted Casting Sponsored by Spotlight
Des Hamilton, Elan Jones – “Top Boy” – Cowboy Films, Easter Partisan Films, Dream Crew, Springhill Entertainment / Netflix
Julie Harkin – “Am I Being Unreasonable?” – Boffola Pictures, Lookout Point / BBC One
Nina Gold, Lucy Amos – “Bad Sisters” – Merman, ABC Signature/ Apple TV+
Nina Gold, Martin Ware – “This Is Going To Hurt” – Sister, Terrible Productions / BBC One

Sound: Factual
Doug Dreger, Andrew Yarme, Nick Fry, Steve Speed, James Evans, Hugh Dwan – “Formula 1: Drive To Survive” – Box To Box Films / Netflix
Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens, Graham Wild – “Frozen Planet II (Frozen Worlds)” – BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, France Televisions, ZDF, The Open University / BBC One
Peter Bridges, Matthew Charles, Conrad Fletcher, Julian Gough, Andy James, Andy Payne – “The State Funeral Of HM Queen Elizabeth II” – BBC Studios / BBC One
Tudor Davies- ” Later…with Jools Holland” – BBC Studios / BBC Two

Sound: Fiction
Alastair Sirkett, Doug Cooper, Martin Seeley, Paula Fairfield, Tim Hands, Adele Fletcher – “House Of The Dragon” – HBO, 1:26 Pictures, Bastard Sword, Grrm Productions / Sky Atlantic
Judi Lee Headman, Nigel Squibbs, Tony Gibson, Darren Mcquade – “SAS Rogue Heroes” – Kudos, Nebulastar / BBC One
Martin Jensen, Joe Beal, Duncan Price, Craig Butters, Sarah Elias, Andrew Sissons – “Slow Horses” – See-Saw Films / Apple TV+
Sound team – “The Crown” – Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television / Netflix

Special, Visual & Graphic Effects
Angus Bickerton, Nikeah Forde, Asa Shoul, Mike Dawson, MPC, Pixomondo – “House Of The Dragon” – HBO, 1:26 Pictures, Bastard Sword, Grrm Productions / Sky Atlantic
Industrial Light & Magic – “The Sandman” – Netflix Original Series, Warner Bros. Television / Netflix
Mohen Leo, TJFalls, Richard Van Den Bergh, Jean-clément Soret, Industrial Light & Magic – “Andor” – Lucasfilm / Disney+
Russell Dodgson, Bryony Duncan, Sam Chynoweth, Damien Stumpf, Danny Hargreaves, Eliot Gibbins – “His Dark Materials” – Bad Wolf / BBC One

Titles & Graphic Identity
Balázs Simon, BBC Creative, Gas Music – “Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics” – BBC Sport, Blink Ink, Gas Music / BBC Two
Peter Anderson Studio – “Bad Sisters” – Merman, Abc Signature/ Apple TV+
Tom Hingston, Markus Lehtonen, Sam Norris – “Life After Life” – House Productions / BBC One
Yu+Co – “The Essex Serpent” – See-Saw Productions/ Apple TV+

Writer: Comedy
Jack Rooke – “Big Boys” – Roughcut TV / Channel 4
Lisa Mcgee – “Derry Girls” – Hat Trick Productions / Channel 4
Nancy Harris – “The Dry” – Element Pictures / Britbox
Sharon Horgan, Barunka O’shaughnessy, Helen Serafinowicz, Holly Walsh – “Motherland” – Merman Television, Two Four / BBC One

Writer: Drama
Adam Kay – “This Is Going To Hurt” – Sister, Terrible Productions / BBC One
Alice Oseman – “Heartstopper” – See-Saw Films / Netflix
Pete Jackson – “Somewhere Boy” – Clerkenwell Films / Channel 4
Tony Schumacher – “The Responder” – Dancing Ledge / BBC One

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