Industry Report: European Policy
25/11/2011 - How European policy influences cinema and television.
The analysis of a 47 cities from all around the world panel confirms the economic importance of the cultural sector (3.4% of the panel’s employment), and suggests that territories focusing on culture have a lower and decreasing unemployment rate.
With 2 billion euros in box office revenue in 2012, the Chinese film market rose to become the second largest in the world, though still far behind the U.S. one (8.1 billion euros). With growth over 30%, is China becoming a promising market?
On February the 24th, the think tank Forum d'Avignon publishes in the Journal du Dimanche a call for personal cultural data to be recognized as a valuable and negotiable property. This was signed by 32 artists, intellectuals, economists, businessmen and businesswomen. It' is the first step before the think tank publication that will see the day this year carried out by Ernst & Young about personal cultural data.
European Culture and Audiovisual Ministers, gathered together as a Council in Brussels from November 18-19, 2010 as part of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, adopted the Work Plan 2011-2014 for Culture as well as a series of conclusions relating to the Union’s audiovisual policy.
On 20 November the Council of EU Ministers unanimously approved the EU's telecoms reform package. The report examines the reform of the telecoms package which lead up to its final adoption and looks at current and future parameters within the telecoms industry on which this just adopted reviewed legislation - now to be transposed - will have a bearing.
There was an extraordinary session of the Culture Commission of the European Parliament in Strasbourg last Tuesday, to improve and integrate the report MEDIA Mundus, drafted by Deputy Ruth Hieronymi (PPE, Germany). MEDIA Mundus (2011-2013), adopted by the European Commission on January 9, 2009 with a budget of €15m, is the new international cooperation programmed aimed at strengthening ties between European film industries and those of third countries (see news). In sight of next June’s...
On January 1, the Czech Republic took on for the first time the rotating presidency of the EU. On January 19, Czech Minister of Education Ondřej Liška and Minister of Culture Václav Jehlička presented the Czech priorities in the area of culture and audiovisual product to the Culture Commission of the European Parliament. Actually, there are only 20 lines dedicated to culture and the audiovisual in the programme of the Czech presidency. In terms of education, on which most of the attention is...
Audiovisual Media Service Directive (AVMSD) carried out an independent survey in regard to articles 3i, 4 and 5 (promoting European works by linear and non-linear services) requested by the European Commission. Although most European broadcasters fulfilled the minimum targets set for article 4 and 5, the actual implementation of these articles varied under different national regulations.
Prior to the first reading of the Telecom Package, FERA and 10 European creative organisations expressed their concerns about the impact of the Telecom Package on the European creative community in an open letter to the European Parliament. In the letter, emphasising intellectual property rights as an important safeguard for creative works, they called for support on some amendments to tackle online piracy and asked for alternative legal frames for internet users.
The European Audiovisual Observatory published the latest legal analysis, Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory (IRIS plus). Under the title Progress in the Must-Offer Debate, the report examined the relationship broadcasters have to balance between commercial must-offer orientations and public service must-carry requirements with respect copyright and competition law.