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Industry Report: European Policy

How European policy influences cinema and television

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Anne Schultka says, “The time is now” at KIDS Regio

Industry / Market - Europe

Anne Schultka says, “The time is now” at KIDS Regio

The KIDS Regio project manager intended to give agency to participants and asked everyone to approach their EU representatives with the forum’s results  

11 July 2024

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new study on theatrical exhibition

Industry / Market - Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new study on theatrical exhibition

The report digs deep into the legal frameworks and support mechanisms that shape Europe’s theatrical exhibition landscape  

13 June 2024

FERA urges European citizens to take part in the upcoming European elections

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

FERA urges European citizens to take part in the upcoming European elections

In a dedicated blog series, six FERA members highlight the significance of voting and “its impact on our shared future”  

06 June 2024

The European Audiovisual Observatory homes in on independent production and retention of intellectual property rights

Industry / Market - Europe/UK

The European Audiovisual Observatory homes in on independent production and retention of intellectual property rights

The new study digs deep into the national legislation of the 27 EU member states plus the United Kingdom  

18 April 2024

The European Audiovisual Observatory maps accessibility measures implemented by audiovisual media service providers

Industry / Market - Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory maps accessibility measures implemented by audiovisual media service providers

The study examines provisions in European and national law, and lists practical examples of how each country applies its rules to benefit people with disabilities  

03 April 2024

European cultural and creative organisations welcome the first-ever EU AI Act

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

European cultural and creative organisations welcome the first-ever EU AI Act

The provision constitutes world-first legislation that regulates the development and use of AI, and sets an example for responsible governance  

14 March 2024

Institutional speakers discuss the importance of cinema as a tool to protect democracy and cultural diversity at the EFM

Berlinale 2024 - EFM

Institutional speakers discuss the importance of cinema as a tool to protect democracy and cultural diversity at the EFM

BERLINALE 2024: The panellists tackled a number of hot topics, including gender equality, geoblocking, authors’ rights and public support  

20 February 2024

An SAA seminar explores the impact of generative AI on European audiovisual authors’ work and rights

Industry / Market - Europe

An SAA seminar explores the impact of generative AI on European audiovisual authors’ work and rights

The speakers tackled a number of topics, including transparency, machine learning, text and data mining, and fair remuneration  

12 February 2024

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new study on fair remuneration for authors and performers

Industry / Market - Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new study on fair remuneration for authors and performers

The report covers a number of aspects, including the EU legal framework, Chapter 3 Title IV of the CDSM Directive and some recent case law  

06 February 2024

The European Commission entrusts a consortium with the development of a common carbon emissions calculator

Industry / Market - Europe

The European Commission entrusts a consortium with the development of a common carbon emissions calculator

The project, budgeted at €650,000, will run until December 2027, and aims to promote data exchange and informed decision making among policymakers  

24 January 2024

The European Commission bills the Audiovisual Media Services Directive an “essential instrument to harmonise rules throughout the EU”

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

The European Commission bills the Audiovisual Media Services Directive an “essential instrument to harmonise rules throughout the EU”

A report highlights that the directive’s rules on video-sharing platforms “have been transposed verbatim into national legislation by almost all member states”  

17 January 2024

The French film and audiovisual industries sound the alarm about geoblocking

Industry / Market - France/Europe

The French film and audiovisual industries sound the alarm about geoblocking

30 professional organisations are warning European deputies of the vital need to maintain the territorial exclusivity currently allowed to broadcasters  

16 November 2023

At MIA, Nathalie Chollet and Frédéric Fiore talk through the European Investment Fund’s icebreaking role

MIA 2023

At MIA, Nathalie Chollet and Frédéric Fiore talk through the European Investment Fund’s icebreaking role

The body aims to pave the way for further investments in a number of strategic sectors, including the audiovisual industry  

16 October 2023

Ten European organisations welcome the improvements made on the European Media Freedom Act

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

Ten European organisations welcome the improvements made on the European Media Freedom Act

The bodies satisfied with the European Parliament's recent adjustments on Article 20 of the set of rules include the likes of FERA, SAA, FSE and Europa International  

05 October 2023

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund seal four investment agreements worth €68.25 million

San Sebastián 2023 – San Sebastián Industry

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund seal four investment agreements worth €68.25 million

The deals are expected to mobilise around €500 million worth of new financing for audiovisual and creative companies and projects  

26 September 2023

Ivana Kostovoska  • Researcher, imec-SMIT-VUB

“As growth in content investment is expected to slow in the coming years, market conditions are likely to become more challenging”

Ivana Kostovoska • Researcher, imec-SMIT-VUB

The researcher talked us through the findings of a recent study on the so-called “Netflix taxes”  

30 June 2023

EFAD calls for “more ambition” in the implementation of the EU’s AVMS Directive

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

EFAD calls for “more ambition” in the implementation of the EU’s AVMS Directive

While acknowledging efforts made in terms of minimum quotas and obligations, the members of the organisation identified four potential areas for improvement  

11 May 2023

The European Audiovisual Observatory surveys the different strategies to ensure the prominence of European works

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory surveys the different strategies to ensure the prominence of European works

The latest report examines nine different “national approaches” in particular and the role of local regulatory authorities  

12 April 2023

At the latest SAA conference, European and Latin American creators call for fairer payments for screenwriters and directors

Industry / Market - Europe/Latin America

At the latest SAA conference, European and Latin American creators call for fairer payments for screenwriters and directors

“Fair remuneration is more urgent than ever, but is also economically beneficial,” the speakers pointed out  

22 March 2023

Extended collective licensing systems take centre stage at the latest SAA seminar

Industry / Market - Europe

Extended collective licensing systems take centre stage at the latest SAA seminar

The panellists discussed the benefits of implementing ECLs to facilitate the licensing of large amounts of works, which could prove particularly useful in regulating online content and mass usage  

20 December 2022

The European Commission approves guidelines on collective agreements by solo self-employed professionals

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

The European Commission approves guidelines on collective agreements by solo self-employed professionals

FERA has welcomed the measure, which will protect the rights of self-employed authors to bargain collectively, including freelance directors  

13 October 2022

In Brussels, experts discuss the implementation of the 2019 EU Copyright Directive

Institutions / Legislation - Belgium/Europe

In Brussels, experts discuss the implementation of the 2019 EU Copyright Directive

During the event, the panellists pointed out that much work is still needed, as only half of the member states have adjusted their respective legal frameworks  

15 July 2022

“It’s time to stand up for your rights,” say creators at the latest European Audiovisual Observatory conference

Industry / Market - Europe

“It’s time to stand up for your rights,” say creators at the latest European Audiovisual Observatory conference

The panellists discussed the challenges of getting fair remuneration for their work and how their respective markets deal with the growing influence of streaming platforms  

30 June 2022

MediaInvest set to support European producers

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

MediaInvest set to support European producers

CANNES 2022: The European Commission has announced a new fund destined for audiovisual producers, endowed with a budget of €400 million for the period 2022-2027  

21 May 2022

“Fight for your rights, and your crazy ideas,” say young creators at the latest SAA event

Industry / Market - Europe

“Fight for your rights, and your crazy ideas,” say young creators at the latest SAA event

Young audiovisual authors are demanding fair compensation from streamers, and are finding CMOs helpful when pursuing their work and maintaining their artistic freedom  

17 May 2022

What level of financial contributions from platforms to creations?

Europe

What level of financial contributions from platforms to creations?

The French reference at the heart of a European progress report on the transposition of the AVMS Directive at a conference organised by the CNC  

26 January 2022

Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ enter into the French funding system

Production / Funding - France

Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ enter into the French funding system

The three streamers have signed agreements and are set to invest 16% of their turnover in France in French and European audiovisual productions, while film investment quotas are yet to be confirmed  

10 December 2021

Ivana Kostovska and Marlen Komorowski • Researchers, imec-SMIT-VUB

“We expect policy debates to be infused with ideas on how to better refine investment obligations for VoD providers”

Ivana Kostovska and Marlen Komorowski • Researchers, imec-SMIT-VUB

The two researchers talked us through the European Union’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive and how it is having an impact on the market  

09 December 2021

UNIC, FIAD and Europa Distribution share their takes on the MAAP report

Industry / Market - Europe

UNIC, FIAD and Europa Distribution share their takes on the MAAP report

The three bodies have provided comments on the document, which outlines several key directions for the short- and long-term EC initiatives on a wide range of European audiovisual issues  

11 November 2021

The MAAP report prompts mixed reactions within the European audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - Europe

The MAAP report prompts mixed reactions within the European audiovisual industry

The report, adopted by the European Parliament last week, sets out several key directions for the short- and long-term EC initiatives on a wide range of audiovisual issues  

27 October 2021

During an online talk, screenwriters and directors call for fair rights and remuneration

Industry / Market - Europe

During an online talk, screenwriters and directors call for fair rights and remuneration

Authors and experts explored the main challenges faced by audiovisual authors and the discrepancies between the different countries’ legal systems  

13 October 2021

The role of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology under the spotlight at Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The role of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology under the spotlight at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The Cannes NEXT panel, moderated by Sten-Kristian Saluveer, delved into the new opportunities for innovation offered by the EIT  

16 July 2021

70% of cross-border TV channels fall under the AVMSD jurisdiction of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

70% of cross-border TV channels fall under the AVMSD jurisdiction of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain

The information is now available on the freely accessible European Audiovisual Observatory’s database MAVISE  

21 June 2021

Switzerland’s Council of States approves the “Netflix tax”

Institutions / Legislation - Switzerland

Switzerland’s Council of States approves the “Netflix tax”

This week, Swiss councillors approved the obligation for online streamers to invest at least 4% of their turnover in the Confederation’s film industry  

09 June 2021

Experts share top advice on fair remuneration for screenwriters and directors

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

Experts share top advice on fair remuneration for screenwriters and directors

The seminar organised by the SAA provided in-depth expertise on how best to implement the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market  

07 June 2021

The EC withdraws its 2019 decision making commitments on Disney, Warner Bros, Sky UK and other global streamers binding

Institutions / Legislation - Europe/UK

The EC withdraws its 2019 decision making commitments on Disney, Warner Bros, Sky UK and other global streamers binding

The withdrawal decision follows the annulment of the European Commission's similar commitments imposed on Paramount Pictures, dating from 2016  

06 April 2021

Performers and audiovisual authors call on EU member states to entrust CMOs to manage their royalties

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

Performers and audiovisual authors call on EU member states to entrust CMOs to manage their royalties

European collective management organisations (CMOs) came together to discuss how to secure fair remuneration for performers and audiovisual authors  

19 March 2021

The European Producers Club publishes a Code of Fair Practices for streamers

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

The European Producers Club publishes a Code of Fair Practices for streamers

The association outlined four golden rules, in an attempt to sensitise EU regulators and change the rules of engagement with major industry players  

18 March 2021

The 3rd European Film Politics Seminar explores the role of the independent audiovisual industry

Berlinale 2021 - EFM

The 3rd European Film Politics Seminar explores the role of the independent audiovisual industry

BERLINALE 2021: Hosted by the European Film Market, the virtual talk saw the participation of several industry decision makers and professionals  

04 March 2021

Olivier Henrard • Deputy chief executive officer, CNC

"The platforms have come to understand that it wasn’t in their interest to walk away from the elements that make French creation so powerful and historically unique"

Olivier Henrard • Deputy chief executive officer, CNC

The CNC’s second-in-command breaks down France’s lofty ambitions for the platforms’ imminent integration into the film and audiovisual funding system  

18 February 2021

Brexit trade deal provokes a new agenda for the UK and European film industries

Institutions / Legislation - UK/Europe

Brexit trade deal provokes a new agenda for the UK and European film industries

The new Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU was finally signed late last month, and sets out the impending relationship between the territories  

11 January 2021

2021-2027 Creative Europe budget increased to €2.2 billion

Institutions / Legislation - Europe

2021-2027 Creative Europe budget increased to €2.2 billion

This provision marks a 50% increase on the previously allocated budget of €1.46 billion for the 2014-2020 programme  

12 November 2020

“If we don’t preserve cinema’s specific financing, it will be dead in a few years”

ARP Film Meetings 2020

“If we don’t preserve cinema’s specific financing, it will be dead in a few years”

Gaumont's Sidonie Dumas evokes the future of French cinema and the future obligations of platforms. A debate that also includes Memento's Émilie Georges and Dharamsala's Isabelle Madelaine  

06 November 2020

The European Film Forum navigates the choppy waters of the pandemic at San Sebastián

San Sebastián 2020 – San Sebastián Industry

The European Film Forum navigates the choppy waters of the pandemic at San Sebastián

The Creative Europe MEDIA-organised event addressed how the industry can adapt to the cataclysmic sea change and the measures it needs to take to do so  

23 September 2020

Sabine Verheyen • Chair, European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee

"Now we have to think how to help the audiovisual sector recover"

Sabine Verheyen • Chair, European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee

VENICE 2020: European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee chair Sabine Verheyen discusses the brand-new LUX Audience Award, and how institutions can support the industry in these times  

07 September 2020

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