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05/05/2015 : Press release - Box office up in the European Union in 2014 as European films break market share record

  • EU gross box office increased marginally by 0.6% to EUR 6.32 billion in 2014
  • Latest instalments of The Hobbit and The Hunger Games topped the EU charts
  • Market share for European films reached record high of 33.6% (highest recorded since 1996)
  • EU film production continued its rise to over 1 600 feature films
  • Digital screen penetration almost complete: 92% of EU screens converted to digital by end 2014


EU gross box office slightly up in 2014

Based on provisional data the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that gross box office takings in the 28 EU Member States increased marginally to EUR 6.32 billion in 2014, up EUR 40 million on 2013. This is 0.6% higher than the previous year but still represents the second lowest level in the past five years. As in 2013 GBO growth was proportional to the change in underlying admissions which grew modestly by 0.7% to an estimated 911 million tickets sold, around 6.5 million more than in 2013. This indicates that the pan-European average ticket price – measured in Euros – has remained more or less stable at EUR 6.9 since 2012.

Link to full press release here.

Television in the regions: Spain and the United Kingdom

Author: Deirdre Kevin, European Audivosual Observatory

Published: 04/05/2015

The European Audiovisual Observatory recently completed two snapshot studies on regional and local TV in the United Kingdom and Spain. These countries represent two very different TV landscapes.

Spain has a long tradition of having a multitude of local television channels, while the UK has only recently started to develop a local TV system over digital terrestrial television. See the reports for more details on the regional channels and their programming, and for an overview of the impact of the economic crisis on the Spanish sector. Discover where regional TV channels are more popular than the national TV channels.

  • For the study on regional TV in Spain, click here.
  • For the study on regional TV in the United Kingdom, click here.

23/04/2015 : Press release - A Fistful of Euros - The Future of Film Financing in Europe

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED for this year's European Audiovisual Observatory Cannes workshop

The Future of Film Financing in Europe is the theme of this year’s Observatory workshop in Cannes. This workshop will take place on Saturday 16th of May from 11.00 to 13.00 in the Salon des Ambassadeurs, Palais des Festivals, Cannes. Entry is free to all accreditations to the Marché du film or Festival. The registration form can be downloaded here.

We can announce that the Head of the MEDIA Unit, Lucia Recalde Langarica, will speak at this year's workshop. She'll be accompanied by a representative of the Polish Film Institute, the Head of Cable Europe and two major European film producers. See our complete speakers' line-up here.

26/03/2015 : Press release - Observatory announces new Head of Department for Market Information

The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced that Gilles Fontaine, currently Deputy Director of French media research institute IDATE, will take over from André Lange as Head of the Observatory’s Department for Information on Markets and Financing as of June this year. Fontaine can boast solid international experience in economic data collection and analysis, having also dealt with capital investment in the media industries for the SOFIRAD (French public company set up to manage state investment in the media) and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations. He has also held posts within the French Ministry of Culture and the French Embassy in Havana.

Fontaine said that he was looking forward to taking up a “European mission in the economic and financial analysis of the European audiovisual industries”. He paid tribute to the work of André Lange and stated his intention to carry on the Observatory’s work with “hopefully as much passion and dynamism.” (more)

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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The development of the European market for on-demand audiovisual services

Author: Christian Grece, André Lange, Agnes Schneeberger and Sophie Valais - European Audiovisual Observatory

Published: 10/04/2015

The European Commission has just published a brand new report free to download on the VoD market in Europe. The European Audiovisual Observatory provided the content.

In addition to comprehensive statistics for the year 2014 covering on-demand services established and available in the EU, this report presents five sections covering important issues to understand the development of this dynamic sector and its impact on the wider audiovisual landscape:

  • Online advertising in the EU in 2013
  • Recent developments of the SVOD market in Europe in 2014
  • The proportion and the prominence of European works in VOD catalogues
  • The role of providers of VOD services and distribution platforms in the financing of film and audiovisual production
  • Measurement of fragmented audiovisual audiences

Download this free report from the European Commission’s website here

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. (more)

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?

This new IRIS plus report can be purchased from our on line shop here.

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.