05/03/2015 : Press release - Mapping of the Animation Industry in Europe - European Audiovisual Observatory to carry out a major study on European animation for the European Commission

The European Audiovisual Observatory will undertake a major study that will result in two unique publications on animation industry in Europe this year. This research will be carried out for the European Commission, the initiator of this project, to map out the landscape of the animation industry in Europe. The results will be presented at a public conference organised  at the end of 2015. This EU project aims at refining the EU support policy towards the animation sector in Europe by providing much-needed data on the industry structure, operations and performance The Strasbourg-based Observatory will be working alongside and using intelligence provided by CARTOON and the Annecy-based City of moving images – CITIA.

The first publication – Animation Europe - will be a snapshot market overview to be released at the MIFA animation market during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival from 15-20 June this year. This landmark publication will provide key market data on the production, distribution and consumption of both European feature length animation films and television animation works, as well as structural data on the European animation industry.The second publication, a more comprehensive study – Mapping the Animation Industry in Europe - will be delivered to the European Commission at the end of this year. It will be published on the websites of the Commission. This study will build on the data outlined in the first publication and provide a more in-depth analysis of the industry.

The Observatory has hired an Animation Analyst, Marta Jiménez Pumares, to work on these two reports alongside Observatory Analysts Deirdre Kevin and Julio Talavera Milla. Jiménez Pumares has extensive experience in the animation field, having worked as executive producer and business consultant. She will be aided in her work by an assistant, Elodie Jacques, recruited internally from within the Council of Europe. (more)                      

Contact Marta: marta.jimenez@coe.int, Tel: + 33 (0) 3 90 21 60 05

26/02/2015 : Press release - The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a report on fiction broadcast by television channels in Europe (2006-2013)

The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a summary report on the broadcasting of fiction by a sample of television channels in Europe between 2006 and 2013. By “fiction programmes” we understand five easily identifiable formats: films produced for television (TV films), series and soap operas, animation (excluding feature-length animated films), feature-length cinema films (including animated films) and short films.

Origin of fiction programmes

The analysis of the origin of fiction programmes shows that the situation varies considerably according to the type of channel and the channel’s country of reception.

Only two categories of channel have more than 50% of European fiction in their programme schedules. Cultural and educational channels (those that broadcast the least amount of fiction) mainly offer European works (78.3% of the programme schedule time in 2013, of which just under one-third consisted of national programmes and two-thirds were imported or were co-productions). The proportion of the programme schedule time devoted to European fiction broadcast by the public service general-interest channels was 57.6% in 2013 and a majority of these were non-national works.

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18/12/2014 : Press release - The Influence of New Technologies on Copyright. European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS plus report

Our means of accessing copyrighted works have been transformed beyond recognition by the digital revolution. On line services, streaming, torrents and all other digital means offering content are challenging the current structures of current copyright legislation. Indeed, it seems that the rule makers are always chasing behind the latest technological developments in order to provide a suitable regulatory structure. The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a brand new IRIS plus report:

The Influence of New Technologies on Copyright

Current copyright legislation was last overhauled 15 years ago. At the time, it was the InfoSoc Directive which stipulated the rules of communicating copyrighted content to the public. The SatCab Directive still lays down the rules for the retransmission of content and it remains unchanged since 1993. The Observatory sets out to explore the current legislative situation and raises the question of the need for a serious overhaul.

The Influence of New Technologies on Copyright – time for an overhaul of our legislation in Europe?

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Empowering users: rating systems, protection tools and media literacy across Europe

Published: 12/02/2015

(c) Benjamin Thull

As part of their long-lasting collaboration, on 15 December 2014 the European Audiovisual Observatory (OBS) and the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) jointly organised in Strasbourg a workshop on “Empowering users: rating systems, protection tools and media literacy across Europe”. This workshop is the first experiment of its kind as it forged new paths of cooperation between experts, representatives of the industry and regulators, with the aim to address through a multi-stakeholders’ and cross-media approach important and societal topics, such as the empowering of users and the protection of minors in new audiovisual services. The interactive workshop was built around a four-tier structure encompassing regulatory aspects, self and co-regulatory commitments, protection tools and media literacy.

You will find here the summary of the debates held during the workshop, and the links to the presentations made by the participants here.

21/01/2015 : Press release - The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes the 20th edition of its Yearbook

The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published the 20th edition of its Yearbook. Television, cinema, video and on-demand audiovisual services. This brand new publication includes the following findings:

  • Over the last five years (2009-2013), the European audiovisual groups lost 5.3% of their global market share.
  • Despite the rapid rise in on-demand services in 2013, the audiovisual sector experienced its second year of stagnation.
  • Between 2008 and 2012, the operating revenues of the non-European groups established in the European Union rose from EUR 48.2 to 53.1 billion.

This reference publication contains pan-European figures (on 40 countries) on the various branches of the sector. Using the different indicators available, the Observatory reveals that the entire audiovisual sector experienced a second year of stagnation in 2013. For the third year running, the market generated revenues in the order of EUR 133 billion, with even, for the first time, a very slight fall in its revenues in 2013 (-0.1%). The sector most affected is physical video (-11.3%), but 2013 was also a year of recession for cinema receipts (-4.3%), video games (-1.8%) and broadcasting services (-0.5%). The growth in the activities of pay-TV platforms (+2.7%) and in the production of online VoD services (+46.1%) was unable to compensate for the decline in the other activities.

This year, the Yearbook contains a significant innovation in the form of an analysis of the revenues generated in the European Union by the European subsidiaries of international groups.


Lange A., Yearbook. Television, cinema, video and on-demand audiovisual services, European Audiovisual Observatory, Strasbourg, 2014, ISBN 978-92-871-8017-9, EUR 185,00.

Journalists wishing to receive a free "press" copy of this publication, please contact:
Alison Hindhaugh, alison.hindhaugh@coe.int  - Tel.: + 33 (0)3 90 21 60 10

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09/12/2014 : Press release - Who’s afraid of the big bad data? New forms of audiovisual commercial communications in a converged audiovisual sector

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Special report

“Amazon knows me better than my wife” exclaimed a notable European media pundit at a recent conference. And he may not have been joking. The face of advertising has changed forever. “Commercial communications” (as they are now known) now exist in an increasingly converged media universe. As a result, the lines between real content and advertising are increasingly unclear. Furthermore, “big data” giving precise details about our needs and behaviour as consumers is stored and exchanged as currency so that advertisers can target us ever more precisely with their message. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published its latest in-depth IRIS Special report to examine:

New forms of commercial communications in a converged audiovisual sector

This new publication is the result of a workshop organised by the Observatory and its partners the Saarbrücken-based Institute of European Media Law (EMR) and Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR). The workshop (and hence this publication) focused on these developments in the sphere of commercial communications from a regulatory point of view. The participants also analysed the various EU directives which lay down the rules for commercial content and its delivery via the myriad of new channels available in our hyper-connected environment. Peter Matzneller (EMR) and Jenny Metzdorf of the University of Luxembourg provide the opening summary of the workshop. More information on how to purchase this new publication in our on line shop here.