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11/05/2017 : Press release - Cinema box office takings in the EU remained above EUR 7 billion in 2016 as admissions approached the magical 1 billion barrier

  • EU gross box office fell slightly to EUR 7.04 billion in 2016, while admissions rose to 991 million – highest level in the EU since 2004
  • Family animation hits The Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory topped the EU charts
  • Market share for European films slightly down to 26.7%
  • EU film production grew to 1 740 feature films
  • Digital screen penetration in the EU reached 93%

See full press release here.

The role of media literacy in the new media landscape

European Audiovisual Observatory announces free public conference in Warsaw

In a world of fake news, hashtags and #badbuzz, how can we navigate safely through the tsunami of information coming at us in the digital media landscape? The European Audiovisual Observatory will be focusing on media literacy in Europe during its Warsaw conference next month. This free public conference is organised under this year’s Polish Presidency of the Observatory, represented by the Polish National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT). It will take place on 8 June 2017, from 14.00-17.00, at Warsaw’s Novotel Centrum. To register: Download the full programme here.

Susanne Nikoltchev, the Observatory’s Executive Director, said she was looking forward to a “unique exchange of good practices based on national experience and the results of the Observatory’s mapping report”. Halina Rostek, Deputy Director of the Department for Strategy at the Polish National Broadcasting Council representing the Observatory’s Polish Presidency (photo), stated that this conference would serve as “a central benchmarking exercise for media literacy practices in Europe”. She added that as the boundaries between true and false information blur, media literacy becomes a key skill for all of us.

04/04/2017 : Press release - Is VoD growing the film pie? The impact of VoD on the Film Value Chain

The European Audiovisual Observatory announces this year’s Cannes conference                                                            

The European Audiovisual Observatory is focusing on the impact of VoD on the film value chain in this year’s Cannes conference. This year’s must- attend conference – Is VoD growing the film pie – will take place on Saturday 20th of May from 9.30 – 11.30 at the Olympia Cinema, 5, rue de la pompe, Cannes. Register for free here. Programme to download here.

28/03/2017 : Press release - Media Literacy in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes major new study – free to download here.

Media literacy – our capacity to access, have a critical understanding of and interact with the media - has never been as important as today. It seems that every day, some “fake news” sets the internet alight, only to be revealed later as a hoax. In the era of #badbuzz we are literally swimming in a sea of information, advertising and just plain fiction. So what is Europe doing to encourage our media literacy? What measures are being taken at national and European levels to foster our critical appreciation and understanding of the mass media? The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a brand new study. Download it here: Mapping of media literacy practices and actions in EU-28. Maja Cappello, Head of our Department for Legal Information talks about this new report here.

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16/02/2017 : Press release - Key Trends of the TV, film and VoD sectors to be presented in Strasbourg

European Audiovisual Observatory announces free public conference

The Strasbourg-based Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, will be taking a close look at the current key trends in the audiovisual industries on the 16th of March. This free entry public conference will focus on the major media trends of the moment such as the current boom in VoD services and its effect on the cinema industry, trends in TV advertising, increasing concentration of large pan-European media groups and also the implications of these developments for the European legal structure regulating these industries. The conference takes place from 14.30 – 17.00 at the Council of Europe (Room 1) in Strasbourg. All conference participants will receive a free copy of the Observatory’s latest Key Trends publication which provides a snapshot of the current media trends being examined. Register for free here. This conference is part of the Observatory’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Link to programme here.

13/02/2017 : Press release - Media Ownership, Market Realities and regulatory responses

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new report

The Italian media are currently fending off a so-called “French invasion”. A total of 177 takeovers of Italian companies by the French took place between 2012 and 2016, while Vivendi SA is currently fighting for power at Mediaset SpA and Telecom Italia SpA. In a climate of increasing media concentration, there has never been a better time to look at the gatekeepers and safeguards concerning media ownership in Europe. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a brand new study, Media Ownership, Market Realities and regulatory responses. This report asks how European and national legislation can protect media pluralism, whether this be in the form of a multitude of operators making available a large variety choice of programming, or indeed ensuring the transparency of the financing and ownership structures of the various media providers. (Bona fide journalists may obtain a free press copy by contacting Otherwise this new report can be purchased from our on-line shop here.

10/02/2017 : Press release - 2016 sees EU cinema attendance hitting biggest high since 2004

On the occasion of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival the European Audiovisual Observatory releases its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2016. Building on a strong 2015, the Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union continued to grow, increasing by 1.6% to 994 million tickets sold in 2016. This is 16 million more than in 2015 and the highest level registered in the EU since 2004. Including non-EU territories in Europe, 2016 actually saw the highest admission levels of the past decades with estimated record admissions of over 1.27 billion tickets. (more)

Cinema attendance in the European Union 2007-2016 provisional

In millions; estimated; calculated on a pro-forma basis for the 28 EU member states

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

The Circulation of European Films Outside Europe in 2015

Author: Martin KANZLER, European Audiovisual Observatory

Published: 15/12/2016


This report focuses on the theatrical exploitation of European films outside Europe. The theatrical window is only one out of – broadly speaking – four market segments. Foreign TV, Video and VOD markets may also provide relevant market potential for European films but cannot be quantified due to intransparency of corresponding consumption figures.

This report can be downloaded for free here

27/01/2017 : Press release - Boosting European films on VoD – what’s EU law got to do with it?

New IRIS Plus report by the European Audiovisual Observatory free to download here

European films now get a longer lifespan thanks to their release via on-demand platforms, whatever their business model (subscription based, pay per view or advertising financed). Clearly this booming generation of new distribution channels represents a powerful means of boosting a film’s overall career. So it’s logical that European film makers are looking to on-demand services to give European movies a much needed shot in the arm. But what’s law got to do with it? Can European legislation force VOD services to offer a glitzy shop window to European films? The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, focuses on this very question in a brand new report free to download:

VOD, platforms and OTT: which promotion obligations for European works?

13/01/2017 : Press release - The European Audiovisual Observatory celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a new look and a new Presidency – Poland!

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has launched the celebrations of its 25th anniversary this year. Kicking off with a brand new logo, the Observatory’s reports on the audiovisual industries in Europe, website and databases will all be given a radical re-design in the course of this year. (more)

6/12/2016 - The Observatory launches its new Yearbook Online Service 2016!

The Yearbook is our online service for data and analysis on television, cinema, VoD and home video in the European countries: market shares, services offered, financing and the main players in each branch of these industries.

The service contains three main sections: Data Sets, a comprehensive collection of statistical indicators, Country Profiles, describing the current audiovisual landscape in 40 European countries, and Key Trends, providing an overview of the recent trends and developments.

The service will be gradually completed until March 2017.

Data of the 2016 edition already available by the beginning of December cover:

  • Advertising
  • Pay TV
  • Broadcasters’ revenues and audience
  • Consumer revenues for SVOD, TV VOD Retail and TVOD rental
  • Video: Equipment, Turnover, Transaction and Prices
  • Global and European Players
  • Public Service and Private Broadcasting

 You may check out the list of tables available here.

The Yearbook Online Service is available upon subscription (365€/single user, 790€ corporate), you will find all details in our shop.

14/11/2016 : Press release - Strasbourg Conference - Copyright Enforcement in the Online World

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and the European Audiovisual Observatory organise a joint conference at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

Copyright enforcement online has been increasingly taking the centre stage in the policy debate on the future of copyright law in Europe. The ongoing EU copyright reform has been fuelling this debate even further. The delivery of paying content—as well as the ways we access culture—have clearly changed in the digital world. Creators, artists, musicians and film-makers, on the one hand, defend their legitimate right to reap the benefits of their work. Internet users and public at large, on their part, claim fundamental right to access information and culture online on fair terms and by means of more attractive business models. How can the current copyright laws respond to all these challenges? What should be the role of internet intermediaries in the enforcement of copyright online? And more generally in this context, how to combine effective protection with the principle of net neutrality?  


The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, and the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg  organised this joint public conference at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg —“Copyright Enforcement in the Online World”—from 14.00 till 17.30 on Tuesday 22nd of November). The conference gave an overview of the current state of copyright in the digital world.