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08/01/2018 : Press release - France takes over European Audiovisual Observatory Presidency for 2018

The European Audiovisual Observatory kicks off a new year under French Presidency. The Strasbourg-based Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, has been providing facts and figures on the film, television and video industries in Europe since 1992. It functions under a yearly rotating Presidency, with France taking over from Poland which held the Observatory Presidency throughout 2017.

France is represented within the Observatory’s governing body, the Executive Council, by Elizabeth Le Hot, Head of division, in charge with the development of the Economy of Culture within the GD Media and Cultural Industries at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. A public media conference on video sharing platforms will be hosted by the French Presidency of the Observatory on 5 June 2018 in Paris.

Susanne Nikoltchev, the Observatory’s Executive Director, thanked the outgoing Polish Presidency for “superb and unprecedented support” during 2017, the year of the Observatory’s 25th anniversary. She looked forward to working with France as one of the “big five major audiovisual markets in Europe and a major and dynamic player in terms of cultural industries.”


05/12/2017 : Press release - European films make up 28% of films broadcast on TV in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes major new free study:
Films on TV: Origin, age and circulation

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Films produced in Europe made up 28% of films broadcast by a sample of TV channels during the 2015 – 2016 season. This sample contains a total of 131 TV channels from 18 different EU member countries. These findings come from a brand new report published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe: Films on TV: Origin, age and circulation. The Observatory drafted this free report for the DG Connect of the European Commission.

23/11/2017 : Press release - Commercial Communications in the AVMSD revision

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

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Advertising has always posed a challenge for European legislation. Lawmakers find themselves trying to address the concerns and needs of stakeholders as wide apart as children’s protection lobbyists, health and safety campaigners, protesters against gender stereotyping, on the one hand, and the pharmaceutical trade, the fashion industry and toy manufacturers, for example, on the other. Added to this already complex picture are the digital delivery of content, linear and non-linear services and indeed the fast-moving world of social media. European media legislation is currently undergoing a major overhaul in the form of the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). We have just released a new analysis of how current legislation on advertising, sponsorship and product placement is involved in this revision and what changes we can expect.

Wise up on the state of play of European advertising law – and see what the future may hold with this brand new free report!

20/11/2017 : Press release - Greece re-joins the European Audiovisual Observatory

The Strasbourg-based Observatory has just announced that Greece is back as a member state. Greece withdrew its membership of the Observatory as of January this year against a background of economic upheaval. While this meant that the Observatory could no longer serve the Greek audiovisual professionals with its expertise, it still continued to provide basic facts and figures of the film, TV and on demand industries in Greece in good faith, and in the hope of better days. Greece will be represented within the Observatory’s Executive Council by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television.  Link to press release.

12/10/2017 - 329 children’s TV channels currently operate in Europe

Just before MIP Junior opens - European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new report on children’s TV

This figure comes from the European Audiovisual Observatory’s new free to download report: Children’s TV channels in Europe - Who are the key players? Get it here.

25/09/2017 : Press release - European Audiovisual Observatory publishes results of its Brussels SATCAB workshop!

Just ahead of forthcoming debates in the European Parliament a brand new report focuses on what’s at stake on copyright applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes,.

A round-table workshop was held on 21 June in Brussels in order to discuss certain aspects of the European Commission’s proposed Regulation (the so-called SatCab Regulation) which aims at laying down these rules. The workshop was organised, and the discussion facilitated by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe. A brand new publication has resulted from this workshop. You will find here the summary of the discussions held during the workshop, including links to the presentations made by the participants.

04/07/2017 : Press release - Exceptions and limitations to copyright

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

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Last September, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, talked about “transforming Europe's copyright rules in light of a new digital reality.” He outlined the multiple challenges concerning digital content thus: “Europe's creative content should not be locked-up, but it should also be highly protected, in particular to improve the remuneration possibilities for our creators”. The European Commission presented its new Copyright Package in September 2016 and the texts are currently being examined by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

To guide us through this complex process, the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published its latest IRIS Plus report: Exceptions and limitations to copyright. This is a truly invaluable roadmap through the often complex landscape of exceptions and limitations to copyright in Europe.