Category Archives: EU & Brexit

Bluffer’s guide: Cabotage

Everyone interested in touring or doing work abroad is likely to start talking about ‘cabotage’ at some point soon (if they haven’t already). See also ‘Carnet’ (watch this space!) As a Seasoned Professional, you will need to be able to … Continue reading

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Visa-free short-term touring allowed in 20 EU countries

The government website is saying that… “20 Member States have confirmed they offer visa and work permit free routes for UK musicians and performers. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, … Continue reading

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UK commissioned productions losing crew talent to streamers

We’ve been saying it will happen for a while, but the wider world is beginning to notice. This, from the FT[£]; “Seetha Kumar, chief executive of ScreenSkills, said the “pinch points” were particularly acute in mid-tier roles — for which … Continue reading

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Yet another big streamer eyes European markets

This time, it’s Paramount +. “In the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA), for example, Paramount Plus will launch on Sky platforms. Craig explained that according to the deal, Paramount Plus and Comcast/ViacomCBS streaming co-venture SkyShowtime will be … Continue reading

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What is happening to self-employment in the UK

The tl;dr answer is that it’s too early to tell. As mentioned previously here, there’s a lot of job-switching going on, and there is a generally tight labour market in the UK (and globally, though the UK has the added spice … Continue reading

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Got a pay claim coming up? Want advice on inflation, and stuff like that?

If you have a pay claim coming up and want advice on inflation, and stuff like that…. good luck! Firstly, the official, current inflation figures have not been as flimsy a guide as they are at the moment for a … Continue reading

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VAT gradually returning to normal rates

Since July 2020, there has been a reduced rate of VAT (5%, and not the normal 20%) charged on transactions in the leisure and hospitality sectors (which includes theatres and live events – a list of who it applies to … Continue reading

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Updated guidance on Covid travel restrictions in England

The UK Screen Alliance has, with Bectu feedback, been publishing guidance for safe working in post-production & VFX during the Covid 19 pandemic. This guidance has been updated to reflect today’s simplification of international travel restrictions in England which has … Continue reading

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Is UK audiovisual content about to hit a perfect storm?

I’d suggest that there is an emerging picture of where UK production is likely to head in the next few years, and it’s one that should worry us – particularly from the point of view of cultural diversity (which is … Continue reading

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Cultural Diversity is not just about limiting discrimination – it’s an economic and industrial factor

It’s worth bookmarking Unesco’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions here. This is an important global statement on the need for cultural expressions to be produced, distributed, and owned ‘locally’ (in the Nations and … Continue reading

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Study on financial investment obligations placed on VOD providers in Europe.

This, from Dr Marlen Komorowski of Cardiff University for the The Media & Society Programme of SMIT. It looks at the way VOD providers are subject to various financial investment obligations (one of the key forms of regulation and incentive … Continue reading

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Theatre Tax Relief paid out £74 million to 3,660 productions last year

According to The Stage [£]… “This represents a £3 million increase on the figure paid out in 2019/20, which was £71 million, and comes amid calls for the tax credit to be increased to help the sector recover after the … Continue reading

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Labour shortages increase potential industrial muscle for workers

Today’s FT is full of news about how labour shortages are hitting the economy in numerous ways as a result of multiple market failures [£] which includes the pandemic, the pingdemic, market failure but obviously, we can’t add brexit to … Continue reading

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Visa-free touring – questions remain

Equity is calling for clarity on European work visas for touring. The Government announced on 4 August that nineteen EU member states will allow performers short-term touring work without a need for a visa or a work permit.​ However, the … Continue reading

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More on skills shortages in film & TV

This from Broadcast Mag [£]: “Demand for talent and the skills shortage issue is nearing breaking point, with small indies being priced out of the market and execs being poached midway through jobs. Broadcast has spoken to numerous indie sector … Continue reading

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Economic insight into the UK creative industries

On the 21st July, the Creative Industries Federation (a membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries) published a report commissioned from Oxford Economics entitled ‘Developing economic insight into the creative industries’. As this is an economic … Continue reading

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British content projecting Britain

I’ll be posting more on this in the coming weeks, but there are some very big concerns circulating even in Conservative circles about the potential damage that the UK could sustain due to changes in the film and TV industry. … Continue reading

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British Copyright Council (BCC)

Bectu is a member of the British Copyright Council (BCC) The union is a bit different to most BCC members. While many of our members are very creative, and active contributors to the creation of the theatrical / artistic / … Continue reading

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European Audiovisual Observatory industry stats handbooks

European Audiovisual Observatory 2020-2021 Key Trends [PDF] World Film Market Trends (coming soon – here) Previous editions are here.

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Cannes panel on ‘cinema to sofa?’ shift

There was a good European Audiovisual Observatory panel as part of the Cannes Festival held online. The programme can be seen here. Short version of this post: The idea that streaming + pandemic changes to behaviour is too simplistic – … Continue reading

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Google fined €500m by French competition authority

This has major implications for the funding of news and factual TV and it will be interesting to see if the UK and/or the EU take a similar line. On past form, the EU is probably more likely to do … Continue reading

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European TV markets, post Brexit

The number of TV channels based in the UK halves post-Brexit but the UK remains leading AV market in Europe – @EuAvObservatory's public report for all to review here: https://t.co/k8mw01EoaA — UKCCD (@UKCCD1) July 2, 2021  

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UK immigration codes of practice for workers in film & TV

The home office page is useful here. Scroll down to see ‘Workers in Film & TV’. The home office tell us if ‘key personnel’ (there is a definitive list – see the home office guidance) are listed but we don’t … Continue reading

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BFI launches UK skills review

From the BFI website: “The BFI is undertaking a major strategic skills review on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The review will be conducted in close collaboration with the industry-led skills body ScreenSkills, national … Continue reading

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How Brexit could effect drama exports

More on the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) EU broadcast quotas. “Last year, EU countries agreed that 30% of offerings on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime should be European-made. The concern among some EU capitals is that currently the … Continue reading

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Reminder: Current status of HMG is that there are no plans to change EU-consistent workers rights

“In a sign of the political problems associated with scrapping existing rules — many of them EU regulations written into the UK statute book ….. business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng finally told ITV News: “The review is no longer happening within … Continue reading

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Upward pressures on low-pay casual wages

This, from the US. It will be interesting to see how the same thing plays out in the UK, with the added spice of Brexit and migration. In the US, one in four workers thinking of leaving their jobs, according … Continue reading

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The importance of good governance

“The success of creative destruction depends on the existence of an effective, non-corrupt, law-governed, competition-promoting state… in a constitutional democracy, with an active civil society, independent institutions and free media.” Martin Wolf on ‘The Power of Creative Destruction’[in the FT … Continue reading

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Immigration and wages

In a 2017 post, Chris gives a very good tour of economic orthodoxy’s view on the question “does immigration depress wages?” (TLDR: Chris says no)

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Protecting cultural sovereignty in response to the proposed UK-Canada trade agreement

UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity has produced a briefing on protecting cultural sovereignty and in response to the proposed UK-Canada trade agreement. However, UKCCD says that these principles outlined in this document should apply to all bilateral agreements which the … Continue reading

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The UK’s EU settlement scheme.

It is essential that any EU citizens resident in the UK know about the EU settlement scheme and its 30th June 2021 deadline. The pages on the Home Office website setting this out can be seen here.

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UKCCD response to Ofcom on the future of Public Service Broadcasting.

The UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity circulated their response to OfCOM’s report on the Future of public service broadcasting, Small Screen: Big Debate, UKCCD believes that monies for public service broadcasting should not be spread more thinly and that investment in … Continue reading

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Personal data regulation – GDPR and EU cookie regulations

Workers often have their data stored and used in ways that don’t help or protect them. It will be interesting to see how Brexit affects this. This is from the Law Society Gazette.

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EU Audiovisual Observatory report on post-Brexit rules

This can be seen here – it covers… how trade relations between the UK and the EU are now governed by the so-called Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). EU state aid rules no longer applies to the UK the TCA … Continue reading

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Brexit – and how it will affect the UK film & TV industry

The BFI have a page on their website that answers a range of questions about Brexit, and the impact that it is having/will have on the film and TV industries. While the BFI is primarily focussed on feature films, many … Continue reading

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