Independent film financing has never been a walk in the park, and a lukewarm American Film Market this month coupled with an age of political, digital and economic uncertainty mean the preselling game has become more challenging than ever.
But if there’s one thing that could kill off the entire indie business as we know it: a series of regulations being mulled over in Europe right now with regard to the European Commission’s strategy for a Digital Single Market. Indeed, it’s a complex issue, but at its beating heart lies a dangerous prospect for the future of the audio-visual sector, which threatens to dismantle territory-by-territory licensing in Europe.
Source: Europe’s Digital Single Market: How It Could Kill The Indie Biz | Deadline
The creative industries need to make the most of the UK’s voice and influence in discussions over the digital single market and copyright framework while it “still has a seat at the table”, and exploit the “major opportunities” of non-EU export markets, representatives of the industries have said.
Speaking at a joint meeting last week of the Publishing and Intellectual Property All Party Parliamentary Groups on the digital single market and Brexit, representatives of the publishing, audio visual and music industries gave their thoughts on the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship.
Source: UK must use its EU influence ‘while it can’, say creative industries | The Bookseller
The media and sports industries are opposing the European Commission’s plans to change copyright law to make more films, sports and TV shows available online throughout the 28-nation bloc.
In its plans for a “digital single market” the commission wants to make broadcasters’ online transmissions more easily available across borders, but that risks diluting the licensing value of content and undermining the way films and TV shows are financed, lobbyists say.
Source: Flak for Europe copyright plans | Europe | BDlive
The report calculates that changes to copyright and other initiatives at the EU level could result in substantially lower levels of investment in TV and film content, with consumer welfare losses worth up to €9.3 billion. This, it said, would be a direct result of those consumers losing access to content they currently enjoy, being charged more, or being priced out completely. It further asserts that up to 48% less local TV content in certain genres and 37% less local film production would be produced, with the most marginal/risky content at particular risk of being dropped.
The report was launched with the support of a broad group of sponsors, including film and audiovisual producers, distributors, broadcasters, platforms and film agencies throughout Europe and across the world. The group urges the European Commission to re-think its proposals to erode the territorial exploitation of film and TV content and avoid any proposals or other initiatives that would undermine film and television licensing and financing, including the decision to license on an exclusive territorial basis.
Source: New Euro law claimed to be putting film, TV audiences at risk of substantial loss of content | Media Analysis | Business
Under its digital single market plans, the European Commission has so far proposed a crowd-pleasing new law to allow people to use digital content subscriptions like Netflix when they travel to other EU countries. The executive also came out with proposals to reform online contracts and open the 700 MHz spectrum band for mobile internet and outlined non-legislative measures to make industrial manufacturing more digital.
Paul Meller, spokesman for tech industry association DigitalEurope, said the digital single market plans are “far more ambitious than any previous Commission efforts in this area”.
But there could be dramatic twists ahead: the executive’s announcements, still planned for later this year, are some of the most controversial ones in the strategy.
Source: Commission’s digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead – EurActiv.com