Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

21,000 signatories handed over to EU Commissioner

24th October 2018 by Maura McHugh

From the left: Jochen Greve, Commissioner Gabriel, Costa-Gavras and Jean-Luc Goossens

On 23 October, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, received a delegation handing over a petition signed by more than 21,000 supporters of Europe’s screenwriters and directors and their right to fair and proportionate remuneration.

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) launched the petition in early 2018 to bring attention to the needs of audiovisual authors in the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. In September, they welcomed the adoption of the European Parliament’s position on the Copyright Directive, which provides a new Article establishing a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors derived from the revenues generated by the exploitation of their works, including online (new Article -14).

The 21,000 authors and supporters from the EU and beyond (more than 100 countries) expect to be heard at this crucial moment when the EU institutions negotiate the final text of the Copyright Directive. The new Article -14 proposed by the European Parliament is an essential addition to the Directive which will improve the situation of audiovisual authors in terms of their remuneration; an urgent measure to take as figures demonstrate declining unstable and modest incomes while the industry and prospects for the on market are flourishing. The inclusion of this new Article would help the Directive deliver results for the whole value chain of the cultural and creative industries. The petition was handed over to Commissioner Gabriel ahead of the 2nd trilogue meeting between the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council (Member States) on 25 October.

Quotes

“Commissioner Gabriel aspires to build a digital world that promotes cultural creativity by making European works available on digital platforms. Providing fair and proportionate remuneration to authors means that they would finally benefit from the success of their works when viewed online and ensure the creation of tomorrow. We are confident in the ability of the EU decision-makers to adopt a Copyright Directive that sets out this principle, which would be a real breakthrough for European authors. It is not only about economics; it is a question of dignity.” said Costa-Gavras, Jochen Greve and Jean-Luc Goossens.

“I’m signing, because I want to know who wrote and directed the films and TV shows I watch. I want authors to be recognized for their amazing work to create something new that will later be turned into entertainment for people. Without their creativity there would be no new content. Let’s celebrate them instead of ignoring them. Without them there are no movies to be made.” Petition signatory

2018 GFF Special Events

4th July 2018 by Maura McHugh

There are two special events taking place at next week’s 2018 Galway Film Fleadh that will be of interest:

What do European Screenwriters Earn?
2 pm on Friday, 13 July in The Camus Suite, The Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway

David Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland, will give a presentation about the results of a FSE/FERA recent survey detailing the income and working life of screenwriters across Europe.

Please RSVP to info @ script.ie.

All welcome and join us for a drink afterwards!

Accelerating Gender Equality
2 pm on Saturday, 14 July in The Galway Rowing Club, 10 Waterside, Galway

This Accelerating Gender Equality discussion panel is organised by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland & Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, and Women in Film and Television Ireland.

There will be introductory remarks by filmmaker Liz Gill (Goldfish Memory), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Susan Liddy (Lecturer, MIC Limerick). Members of the panel will include David Collins (Producer, Samson Films), Dr Annie Donna (Chair of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland), Orla O’Connor (Director of National Women’s Council of Ireland) and Michael O’Keefe (CEO of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland).

All welcome!


EU Agrees Unwaivable Right to Fair Remuneration

11th July 2017 by Maura McHugh

This a joint press release from FERA, FSE, and SAA on “European Copyright: Parliament committees vote for an unwaivable right to fair remuneration for audiovisual authors.”

Today, the European Parliament Industry and Culture committees voted in favour of an unwaivable right to fair remuneration for authors and performers for the making available of their works. Supported by the European audiovisual authors’ community, such a remuneration right would ensure that screenwriters and directors receive royalties when their works are exploited on on-demand services, wherever in Europe, thanks to its collective mechanism.

The ITRE committee opinion, drafted by Polish ECR MEP Zdislaw Krasnodebski, was adopted including such an unwaivable right to fair remuneration introduced by S&D MEPs led by British MEP Theresa Griffin with the support from across the political spectrum. Drafted by French EPP MEP Marc Joulaud, the Culture committee adopted a compromise amendment with a similar positive provision for authors and performers based on amendments introduced by S&D, EPP and Greens but undermined by a possible derogation for original agreements which would raise the costs and sap the functioning of any collective agreement. Taking into account the weak individual bargaining power of audiovisual authors, such a derogation is not justified and will need to be reexamined.

The SAA encourages the European Council and the lead committee in the European Parliament, the Legal Affairs Committee, to support and adopt ITRE’s unwaivable right to remuneration.

The Legal Affairs committee, will discuss the Copyright Directive tomorrow and vote after the summer. The Council Intellectual Property Working Party held a meeting on this issue yesterday.

Quotes:

Cécile Despringre, SAA Executive Director said “The Culture and Industry opinions sends a clear and powerful message to the European Parliament’s lead committee and the Council. They have recognized that Europe’s screenwriters and directors must be financially rewarded when their works are successful online and have adopted the appropriate provisions to make sure that happens.

Pauline Durand-Vialle, FERA Chief Executive added “The unwaivable right to fair remuneration received support from across the political spectrum this morning. It’s great to see the European Parliament stepping up in support of the audiovisual creative community.

David Kavanagh, FSE Executive Officer said “This Directive is a unique opportunity to bring fairness to audiovisual authors by allowing them to share in the economic success of their works online: let’s hope this step forward in the EU Parliament paves the way for positive discussions in the Council.

FERA – Founded in 1980, the Federation of European Film Directors contains 39 directors’ associations from 29 countries. It speaks for approximately 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests both in Brussels and in the Member States. www.filmdirectors.eu @Film_directors

FSE – The Federation of Screenwriters Europe is a network of national and regional associations, guilds and unions of writers for the screen in Europe, created in June 2001. It comprises 25 members from 20 countries, representing more than 7,000 writers in Europe. www.scenaristes.com @ScreenwritersEU

SAA – Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 31 members in 23 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors. www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

SOS 2011

20th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

SOSSave Our Scripts (SOS) is an opportunity for writers and producers to meet and collaborate in a uniquely creative environment. As well as developing specific scripts, and building development skills the scheme aims to connect emerging writers and producers from all over Europe.

SOS will run from April to December 2011 and contains three residential workshops in different European countries, mentoring and virtual script meetings.

SOS FOR WRITERS
Writers on the programme will develop a feature length script from a one page idea. This is done through intensive workshops that feature industry professionals, development support from SOS mentors, and structured input from the producer participants, and writing peers.

Writers are eligible if they have had up to one feature film produced, but must be able to demonstrate their writing ability.

The final deadline for applications is the 31st January 2011.

For more information, such as eligibility and fees, consult the website.

The future of MEDIA

25th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

MEDIA

Funding for the MEDIA Programme is secure until the end of 2013, but the future of the MEDIA Programme after 2013 needs to be decided.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of EU funding for the audiovisual sector after 2013. The deadline for contributions to the consultation is 30 November 2010.

In 2011, the Commission intends to adopt a draft Decision of the European Parliament and Council establishing a post-2013 funding programme. This new programme will help achieve the objectives of the new Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The purpose of the public consultation is to gather views from all relevant stakeholders of the audiovisual sector in Europe: distributors, producers, exhibitors, sales agents, training providers, public organisations and others. Views are sought regarding the objectives, activities, and types of support within the new programme.

One area of particular interest in the consultation concerns how the MEDIA Programme’s objectives and action lines should be revised in the light of technological, financial, social and other recent developments in order to ensure that they remain as relevant, clear and focused as possible.

The Commission is also interested in consulting on management aspects of the programme in this context.

The consultation is available online and only takes a few minutes to complete, so it could not be easier to submit your views.