Posts Tagged ‘digital media’

Fair Payment for Online Use

14th November 2017 by Maura McHugh

As the European Parliament handed out its cinema award – the Lux Prize – Europe’s associations of screenwriters and directors and their collective management organisations congregated in Strasbourg to meet MEPs and new Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel with a clear message: despite the welcome benefits of awards ceremonies like the Lux prize, many screenwriters and directors are unable to sustain a career as an author.

They face income instability, weak bargaining power and high-risk during the unpaid development stage of new projects. On top of that, as more people pay to watch their favourite films and TV shows online, screenwriters and directors often find themselves unable to share in that economic success.

They are calling on Axel Voss, rapporteur for European Parliament report on the draft Copyright Directive, to strengthen the existing provisions on transparency and fair remuneration in contracts, and to include an unwaivable right to remuneration that will ensure that on-demand platforms have to negotiate royalty payments for screenwriters and directors with their collective management organisations.

A delegation of screenwriters and directors led by Oscar-nominated German screenwriter, Fred Breinersdorfer will meet Commissioner Gabriel on 15th November to discuss the Commission’s legislative proposals.

FERA, FSE and SAA congratulate director and screenwriter, Amanda Kernell for winning the LUX Prize with Sami Blood. Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot’s 120 BPM and Valeska Grisebach’s Western were the other finalists who received distribution support through the subtitling into all the languages of the European Union.

Quotes

Cécile Despringre, Executive Director of SAA said: “The time for rhetoric on fair remuneration for authors is over. Draft legislation is on the table, Members of the Parliament must now show they have the political will to tackle this issue.”

Pauline Durand Vialle, CEO of FERA added: “The authors’ community in Europe must be empowered to make the best of its future: we call on the Members of the Parliament to give us the tools to build sustainable careers in the digital era.”

David Kavanagh, Executive Officer of FSE said: “The problems of authors’ remuneration cannot be solved by our marketplace. We need legislative and regulatory solutions from the European Union.”


Pink and Green Storyland

22nd February 2011 by Maura McHugh

Storyland 2011RTÉ has launched the first round of voting in StoryLand, a competition for the best online drama series voted for by the public.

The first episodes from the four entries in the Pink group are now online, and voting is open until 2pm, Tuesday 1 March . Only one series can be voted for in each round.

Next Wednesday 2 March the first episodes from the four entries in the Green group will go online.

Each round the series with the least number of votes will be eliminated and the three remaining series will be commissioned to make episode two.

After two episodes the remaining series from both groups will go head to head.

The Pink Group short-list is:

  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan. Writer – Molly O’Driscoll; Director/Co-Producer – Ivan McMahon; Co-Producer – Francis Ryan
  • Street Cobra. Writer/Director – Joseph Burke; Producer – Cian Hallinan
  • Lucky Run. Writers – Colm Cafferkey, Michéal Donnellan & Eamon de Staic; Director – Colm Cafferkey; Producers – Deirdre de Grae and Eamon de Staic
  • Free House. Writer/Director – Eoin Cleland; Producers – Jessica Duggan and John McKeown.

Cinema On Demand Available

10th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Curzon on demandThe Artificial Eye cinema group, Curzon Cinemas, has launched Curzon On Demand, which will enable Irish and UK viewers to watch the latest cinema releases in HD at home.

Home audiences will be able to order the films they would like to watch on their laptops, mobiles or television and will have the film on their different screening media for seven days.

Starting today the service will launch with Mathieu Amalric’s burlesque comedy On Tour (co-written with Philippe Di Folco, Marcelo Novais Teles and Raphaëlle Valbrune) and Brian Welch’s drama In Our Name (which he wrote and directed) being made available to home audiences on the same day as their theatrical release.

Curzon On Demand will offer audience members new cinema releases, as well as a selection of other contemporary and classic films.

Storyland 3

18th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ StorylandThis year’s projects for Storyland, RTÉ’s Online Video competition, have been announced:

  • Rent A Friend from Kilkenny-based Thankless Films: YouTube
  • Free House from Holywood-based Waddell Media: YouTube & Facebook
  • Street Cobra from Dublin-based Load Productions: YouTube & Facebook
  • Lucky Run from Galway-based Catchyname Productions: YouTube
  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan set in Limerick from Two Hungry Fish Productions: YouTube
  • Standards set in Newbridge from Faidra Films: Vimeo
  • The Last Security Man from Dublin-based Odyssey Media: YouTube
  • The Masterplan from Dublin-based Rank Outsider: YouTube

Opinions Sought for New Digital Channels

18th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Communications Minister Eamon Ryan announced this week that he is seeking the views of the public on a range of new channels proposed by RTÉ for transmission on digital television. Members of the public will have until the 10th of December 2010 to submit their views

The switch-on of digital television was announced by the Minister on the 29th of October and will include RTÉ One, RTÉ2, TV3, and TG4. RTÉ has submitted a proposal for additional channels on this free-to-air service. They are:

  • RTÉ Two HD Select
  • RTÉ News Now
  • RTÉ Jr (channel aimed at preschool children)
  • RTÉ Plus (repeat of peaktime RTÉ One content)
  • RTÉ Aertel Digital (enhanced digital teletext service)

Announcing the consultation the Minister said, “The analogue signal will be switched off by the end of 2012. Going digital has created the opportunity for RTÉ to expand its public service offering by introducing new television channels to the digital service in 2011. Today we offer the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed new channels. We welcome all views.”

This process closes on 10th December 2010.

The consultation document is available from the website.

The RTÉ DTT service, called Saorview, was launched as a trial service to 90% of the country on 29th October 2010 and currently broadcasts the 4 national Irish TV channels (RTÉ1, RTÉ Two, TV3 and TG4). The DTT network will continue to be built over the next two years and will eventually reach 98% of the population. The new digital network will eventually replace the national analogue terrestrial free-to-air TV service when this closes at the end of 2012.

Section 103 of the Broadcasting Act, 2009 requires the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to carry out a Public Value Test (PVT) on any new channels and services proposed by the public service broadcasters, RTÉ and TG4, and to consult with key stakeholders in this regard.