Archive for November, 2018

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Lucky Dozen Talk with Tracy Martin

28th November 2018 by Maura McHugh

Currently writing a new play for The Abbey Theatre and The Complex, writer Tracy Martin adapted two of her stage plays Harder Faster More and Wrapped for RTE Radio’s ‘Drama On One’. In 2017 she won Silver at both the New York Festivals’ Radio Awards and the IMRO Radio Awards and has been nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award, the First Fortnight Award and the Stewart Parker Award. Most recently she was a finalist in the Prix Europa Awards. Screen Ireland has commissioned her ten minute short Sister This and this will go into production in the new year with Parallel Films.

At 7.30 pm on Thursday, 6 December 2018 at the Guild’s office, Tracy will give a talk to Guild members which will focus on how to how to get your work produced; adapting a theatre play for radio; writing real female characters and how to mix comedy with adult themes and language that some people may find offensive – but others will find absolutely hilarious.

This talk is limited to 12 members of the WGI, and booking is essential.

LUX Prize finalists’ Open Letter

14th November 2018 by Maura McHugh

On the occasion of the European Parliament LUX Film Prize Award Ceremony on 14 November, LUX Prize finalists since 2007 are calling in an open letter on Member States and the European Commission

to take on board the Parliament’s proposal to introduce a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers in the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

The LUX Film Prize is a unique platform for European filmmakers’ works to reach European audiences at large by providing visibility and subtitles in the EU official languages. In order to foster a vibrant creative environment at a time when the online exploitation of audiovisual works is increasing, European filmmakers are calling on EU institutions to support them in finally sharing in the economic success of their work.

Following the adoption of the European Parliament’s position on the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market on 12 September, interinstitutional negotiations have started, with the objective of reaching an agreement by the end of the year. The European Parliament proposed to introduce a much-needed principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers, leaving flexibility to Member States on the choice of the implementation instrument (collective bargaining agreements, collective management of rights, statutory remuneration mechanisms) provided that authors and performers receive remuneration from the revenues derived from the exploitation of their works.

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Representative organisations of screenwriters and directors have asked for it, more than 21,000 petition signatories support it, The European Parliament proposed it and now we, the finalists of the LUX Film Prize, call for it. It is time that the Commission and Council listen and re-balance the level playing-field to include authors in the ecosystem of the exploitation of their works”, said Benedikt Erlingsson, Wolfgang Fischer and Mila Turajlic, the LUX Film Prize finalists of 2018.

The LUX Film Prize pays tribute to the unique diversity and quality of European cinema. Fostering European audiovisual authors’ creative freedom entails enabling them to make a sustainable living, and therefore to benefit from the success of their works.”, said Pauline Durand-Vialle, FERA Chief Executive.

Collections of royalties for audiovisual authors represent 6,4% according to the CISAC Global Report. Collections for digital rights only amount to 2,4% of this total. Including a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration in the new Directive on Copyright is essential for authors to fairly benefit from the success of their works, in relation to the actual distribution and consumption of film and TV”, said Cécile Despringre, SAA Executive Director.

You can read the Open Letter online.

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WGI Members Christmas Party

14th November 2018 by admin

WGI members are welcome to attend our very merry gathering of writers and lap up some Christmassy writerly seasonal goodwill.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the specialty sausages, delectable chicken goujons, and possibly a vegetarian option if we can find a turnip surprise.

Singers of Good King Wenceslas are especially welcome – or indeed anyone holding a Christmas cracker, prickly holly or crisp fifty pound note that requires immediate disbursement.

Venue: The Palace Bar (upstairs), 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.
Date: from 7 pm on Thursday, 13 December 2018.