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BLIC & BLOC versus TPS


France’s two leading film industry organisations, BLIC and BLOC, represented by their respective presidents Marin Karmitz e Robert Guédiguian have joined forces to try and persuade the Superior Audiovisual Council to enforce Gallic sat-TV, TPS adherence to legislation regarding its obligatory funding of the French film industry.
The key issue is the Decree published on 1 January 2003 that ruled that obliges French pay-TVs Canal+ and TPS (and their "Cinéma" e "CinéCinéma" channels) to make an annual investment in French film production. The entity of the amount due would be calculated according to a the number of subscribers. The decree obliges Canalè to contribute at least 45 per cent of a given film’s budget when it is less than Euros5.34m). BLIC and BLOC are also asking for the creation of a fund to support distribution.
After negotiations with TPS fell through without an agreement being reached with CinéCinema, BLIC and BLOC decided to ask the Superior Audiovisual Council to intervene and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. There is huge industry anticipation surrounding the Council’s arbitration because it precedes talks regarding the obligations of Canal+ for 2004.
BLIC is an umbrella organisation that includes French independent producers, the French cinema foundation (FNCF), the national distributors’ federation and the federation of French technical, audiovisual and multimedia industries (FICAM). The members of BLOC include a variety of associations and guilds such as the French film producers’ and exporters’ union, the French Producers’ Union, the French independent film producers’ union (SPI), the film directors’ society film (SRF) and French independent distributors’ association.

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(Translated from French)

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