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Event - Brussels conference on fiscal incentive schemes - Film now on line! (Brussels, Belgium)

Presentation of a new study and round table
Monday 20 October, 2014, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm (entry from 10.30)
Kindly hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU, Rue Wiertz 77, Brussels.

This free public conference examined the impact of tax shelter, tax credits and tax rebates on film and audiovisual production in Europe. The European Audiovisual Observatory has commissioned a brand new study from Olsberg•SPI which examines the effects of fiscal incentive schemes in Europe. The findings of this new report were presented at this conference by its authors.

A round table debate followed the presentation and we asked, in particular, the following questions:

  • What other initiatives are needed to complement the fiscal incentive to deal with the anticipated needs of increased infrastructure as a result?
  • How do you ensure a balance between growth of the domestic independent and international production sectors following the introduction of an incentive?
  • What adverse effects could result from the introduction of an incentive?

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Job vacancy, Head of Information on Markets and Financing

Updated closing date for applications: 3 November 2014

A rare opportunity has come up here at the Observatory. (Click here for more information)

Due to retirement, the Observatory’s department of Information on Markets and Financing is looking for a new Head. With an already well-established team of analysts and an enviable reputation in the audiovisual field, we are looking for a person who is willing to engage wholeheartedly in contributing to more transparency in the sector based on an intimate understanding of the audiovisual industry and its needs.

Under the authority of the Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory, the successful candidate will manage the work of the Department of Information on Markets and Financing. His/her tasks will include organising and processing the market and financing information and data held or coordinated by the Observatory, defining work proposals for the Executive Council and Advisory Committee, elaborating the Department’s budget needs and managing its staff (currently 5 analysts and 1 assistant).

18/09/2014 : Press release - Only 16.3% of European films directed by women between 2003 and 2012

  • Within the same period 8.9% of the admissions for European films went to films by female directors.
  • On average, a film by a male director recorded slightly more than twice the number of admissions (1:2.02 female:male) than the average film by a female director.

These figures are drawn from the European Audiovisual Observatory’s latest report: Female directors in European film productions. State of play and evolution between 2003 and 2012 produced by Film Analyst Julio Talavera Milla. This first-of-its-kind pan-European analysis of films by female directors (produced using the Observatory’s LUMIERE database on admissions of films released in Europe) reveals that only 16.3% of the European films produced between 2003 and 2012 were shot by female directors. This percentage is even lower when it comes to the share of admissions, with European films by women directors accounting for 8.9% of the total admissions in Europe during the same period.

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04/09/2014 : Press release - Enabling Access to the Media for all – how does European law take care of disabled media users? New IRIS plus report by the European Audiovisual Observatory

In today’s ultra-connected world of smartphones, tablets and smart watches, it has never been more important to protect the rights of disabled members of our society to access audiovisual content. Indeed, barrier-free access to audiovisual content is paramount to our fundamental right to freedom of expression and information. But how does guaranteeing maximum access work in practice? What steps have European lawmakers taken, and are taking, to ensure that the 15% of our society with some form of impairment can enjoy optimum access not only to traditional TV, but also the internet and the increasing number of on-demand services? The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, examines the current legal state of play in its latest IRIS plus report:

Enabling Access to the Media for All

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14/07/2014 : Press release - The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes its new statistical Yearbook

The European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe, Strasbourg) is publishing today the second volume of the 2013 edition of its Yearbook. Television, cinema, video and on-demand audiovisual services - the pan-European picture. This is the 19th edition of this reference publication and provides figures and analyses on the position of the European audiovisual industry on the global market, on the developments of distribution platforms, television services and on-demand audiovisual services and on the European cinema and physical video market. For the first time, this Yearbook provides an analysis of the position of European fiction in the programming of television channels in the United States.

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10/07/2014 : Press release - Over 3,000 on demand audiovisual media services now on offer in the EU

  • A new report edited by the European Audiovisual Observatory on On-Demand Audiovisual Markets in the European Union has been published today by the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission
  • The report can be downloaded on the Digital Agenda website of the European Commission

The report draws a global picture of the state of on-demand audiovisual services in the EU in 2013 by providing analysis and the main available figures on complex and fast growing markets.

One of the main objectives of the report is to describe the various business models of on-demand audiovisual media services and their roll-out in the EU:

  • Advertising-financed on-demand audiovisual services (catch-up TV, open platform, branded channels,…)
  • Paying transactional VoD services (rental and retail)
  • Subscription VoD (SVoD)
  • On-demand audiovisual media services provided by public broadcasters


03/07/2014 : Press release - A European children’s film sells 5 times more cinema tickets on average in Europe than non-children fiction


European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new report on European children’s films

The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a brand new report on The theatrical circulation of European children’s films. The Observatory’s cinema analyst, Martin Kanzler, presented this new report at the KIDS Regio Forum which took place in Erfurt, Germany, on 20 June 2014. The objective of this study is to analyse the theatrical circulation and performance of European fiction, i.e. live action and animation films for children up to 12 years of age compared to non-children fiction films based on a sample analysis of 648 children’s films and over 8 700 non-children fiction films which covers the period from 2004-2013.


23/06/2014 : Press release - European Audiovisual Observatory taps Italian regulatory expert as new legal chief

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just announced that Maja Cappello will take over the Observatory’s Department for Legal Information from the 1st of July onwards. Cappello was previously Head of the Digital Rights Unit of Italian Regulator AGCOM as well as Vice President of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) which has its HQ at the Observatory. 

Cappello, an Italian-Norwegian national, stated that, having used the Observatory’s information for many years, she was looking forward to contributing with her know how to the life of the organisation. She also looked forward to working with the Observatory’s Executive Council.

The Observatory’s Director, Susanne Nikoltchev, into whose shoes Cappello will step as Head of the Legal Department, warmly welcomed the decision. She stated that Cappello “would bring long-time expertise in the fields of audiovisual media services and copyright to the Observatory’s work.” She added that Cappello would contribute her “valuable European overview of current regulatory issues” in the media and pointed out that she was “a long term friend and supporter” of the Observatory’s work.

19/06/2014 : Press release - Media in the Courtroom – a fine line between trial by media and our right to know? New IRIS plus report by the European Audiovisual Observatory

This week a major “terrorist” trial will take place behind closed doors in the UK. Government ministers took the unprecedented step, supported by judges, of applying for the trial of Erol Incedal and Mounir Rarmoul-Bohadjar, two men suspected of terrorist activities, to take place in secret “in the interests of national security”. This departure from “open justice” raises serious questions about the role and influence of the media in the courtroom. Current European media legislation on courtroom reporting is examined by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, in its latest IRIS plus report: Media in the Courtroom. (more)


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Box office down in the European Union in 2013 but first quarter of 2014 shows promise

  • EU gross box office growth ground to a halt in 2013, down 4.3% year-on-year but Q1 figures show promising signs for 2014.
  • Latest instalments of Despicable Me and The Hobbit saga topped the EU charts.
  • Market share for European films down from 28.9% to 26.2%
  • EU film production continued growing to an estimated 1 546 feature films produced
  • 87% of EU screens had converted to digital by the end of 2013


Promising first quarter 2014

Provisional Q1 figures from 11 EU markets indicate that admissions in the European Union increased in the first three months of this year, compared to Q1 2013. Quarterly admissions increased significantly in 3 out of the 5 big EU markets, namely in France (+18.9%), Italy (+13%) and Spain (+8.7%), outweighing smaller decreases in Germany and the UK. On a cumulative basis admissions in these five markets increased by 5.6%.


Court Reporting by Audiovisual and Online Media in the Russian Federation

Authors: Andrei Richter, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Published: 01/09/2014

This lead article will review the relevant legal instruments as well as recent case law to discuss modern doctrines and policy in Russia. Focusing on audiovisual and online media it will address issues of balance between access to information and the right to privacy, possible limitations to freedom of information and media freedom, prejudgment by the media, etc.  More

TV Market and Video on Demand in the Russian Federation

Authors: KVG Research / OBS

Published: 07/02/2014

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new report edited by KVG Research, a Moscow-based consultancy company: "The TV Market and Video on Demand in the Russian Federation". Its main objective is to analyse the origin of the content broadcast by the main Russian TV channels.  More