Category Archives: Quotas

UK radio to get ‘discoverability’ boost on smart speakers

Regulators have a number of tools at their fingertips. They can offer tax breaks linked to cultural tests. They can tell TV channels that a percentage of their content should be made within a particular jurisdiction. They can oblige distribution … 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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French cultural policy

France has always had an interesting, and different approach to cultural policy to the UK’s equivalent. In thinking about this last night, I remembered this 2013 document [pdf] from the Coalition Francaise and I thought I’d bookmark it here. This … Continue reading

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More on UK/US unscripted production partnerships

Futher to the recent post about Netflix partnerships with UK PSBs, NBC Universal has also done an unscripted formats deal with the BBC.

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France places new obligations on video-on-demand providers

From the European Audiovisual Observatory: “In future, VOD services must devote at least 20% of the turnover they generate in France to the funding of European or French cinematographic and audiovisual production. The proportion is increased to 25% for services … Continue reading

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Free database of legal developments in the Europen audiovisual sector

This one is probably only useful to massive geeks (hi!) but I’m telling you about it anyway just in case you find it useful. The European Audiovisual Observatory maintains a database of legal developments in all key areas, all key … Continue reading

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The Cultural Diversity arguments against Channel Four privatisation

The UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity (UKCCD) have published their submission to the consultation on Channel Four privatisation here [pdf]. It makes a key point that should concern Bectu members who are concerned about the quality of the content that … Continue reading

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TV with an American accent?

A strong piece in the FT[£] here from John Gapper, outlining how strong SVoD investment in locally-set programmes may be a mirage – an attempt to build the subscriber base that can subsequently be fed content that is less rooted … Continue reading

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French windows (excuse the pun)

There are a few posts up here about how content regulation drives investment into film and TV, how the AVMS Directive is translated into national legislation and regulations, and on the general armoury that national governments have to shape the … Continue reading

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Ampere Analysis – strong case against privatisation of Channel Four

A strong thread here from Ampere Analysis, and a detailed report of their findings is here in The Guardian. Ampere has assessed a range of potential options surrounding the privatisation of @Channel4. Here is what we found: — Ampere Analysis … 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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How AVMS applies in every EU country

The Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, like all EU Directives, is translated into national legislation and regulation by the member states concerned. The European Audiovisual Observatory tracks all of this on this table here. (H/T Carole Tongue for the … 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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Ofcom shenanigans – update

The film and TV industries, it’s probably true to say that it’s more important to beat regulators than it is to beat competitors. If a regulator has a particular set of prejudices, it can be very bad for the industry … Continue reading

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BBC and Creative Wales partnership to boost Welsh TV industry

Following a prompt from Carwyn Donovan, I see that the BBC are reporting a new partnership – a formal agreement – between the BBC and Creative Wales. Carwyn and the Bectu reps in Wales have built a strong relationship with … 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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Edinburgh TV Festival debates C4 sell-off

Broadcast has a report here [£]. In a statement that my be dismissed as hyperbole, John Thoday of Avalon says C4 privatisation will “kill the indie sector” and calls for the government to give C4 in it’s current form a … Continue reading

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Channel 4 and mutual ownership – Labour proposal

There have been quite a few posts on here already about C4 privatisation. This is an interesting twist, from The Co-operative Party (sister-party to the UK Labour Party) – proposing that control of Channel 4 could (via Broadcast [£]) be … Continue reading

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How cultural regulation drives investment

Carole Tongue of UKCCD has been in touch with a reminder for how we can regulate streaming platforms for increased investment in British drama/film and documentary. It gives guidance on what the Canadian broadcasting regulator should consider when addressing cultural … Continue reading

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UK viewers more immune to charms of US big names

Interesting stat here. It may reinforce the arguments around the UK’s expectation of watching British stories instead of ‘global’ content. Survey Says: What Consumers Overseas Want From Streaming Services https://t.co/YlzIAqmmEG pic.twitter.com/KhPyFw5Y9U — Variety (@Variety) July 30, 2021

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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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“Gogglebox presents people like us and is made in Britain for Britain”

I knew I’d seen a good defence of Channel 4’s Public Service Broadcaster remit, but I couldn’t remember where until I visited the VLV website earlier and saw this [pdf] from Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon. “Online business cannot fill … Continue reading

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Ofcom calls for stronger system of public service media fit for the digital age

A strong position from Ofcom here – particularly in the current climate (with C4 privatisation firmly on the table) “Public service content matters – but it’s under increasing threat.” From the Ofcom site: “Ofcom is today recommending a radical overhaul … Continue reading

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Regulation and Policy related to audiovisual works – an overview.

These are my notes on a presentation from Maja Cappello – Head of Department for Legal Information – ‘European Audiovisual Observatory on Regulation and Policy related to theatrical and non-theatrical production.’ There are two initial key questions when we think about … 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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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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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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Streaming channels investing largely in European production

Alex Barker at the FT[££] is reporting on the tide of investment in local content that SVOD is generating. in 2020, more than 60% of Netflix’s exclusive TV/films were made outside the English-speaking world and recent research has more than … Continue reading

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RTÉ underspend on independent production.

The spend by RTÉ, the Irish public service broadcaster, on independent productions last year fell €3.7m short of its €40.2m statutory target due to the Covid-19 pandemic impact. This is worth noting because it’s another example of broadcast quotas, albeit … Continue reading

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