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European Audiovisual Observatory rings in its new Moroccan Presidency for 2020!

Strasbourg, France 10/01/2020
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European Audiovisual Observatory rings in its new Moroccan Presidency for 2020!

The Strasbourg-based Observatory is part of the Council of Europe and has been providing facts and figures on the film, television and video industries in Europe since 1992. The Observatory’s yearly rotating presidency changes every January. In 2019 the Presidency was held by Italy.

As the European Audiovisual Observatory’s membership goes beyond Europe, Morocco, a member since May 2014, assumes the organisation’s Presidency for the first time in 2020. Morocco is represented within the Observatory’s governing body, the Executive Council, by Ms Latifa Akharbach, President of the Moroccan Media regulator, HACA. As is traditional for every annual Presidency, the Observatory and the HACA will co-organise a public conference in Rabat on 10 June. The event will focus on new responsibilities for online platforms under the newly revised new EU media legislation (AVMSD). Ms Akharbach, the President of the Observatory’s Executive Council, stated that “Morocco’s 2020 Presidency would enable the HACA to drill deep into current developments in European media legislation and enable a fruitful exchange between Morocco and other Observatory member countries.”

Susanne Nikoltchev, the Observatory’s Executive Director, thanked the outgoing Italian Presidency for “a wonderful year of cooperation and a very useful conference on cinema windows across Europe in Rome.  She looked forward to working with Morocco as “long-time supporters of the Observatory’s work and a dynamic and outward-thinking member”.

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Invitation to our Brussels conference: TV and film production in Europe – 
the state of independence? 

Conference highlights

  • What is the role and what are the challenges faced by independent TV and film producers in Europe today?
  • Can European and national regulation stimulate independent film and TV production in Europe?

The European Audiovisual Observatory invites you to this free access public conference. Together with an expert panel and you, the audience, we’ll be zooming in on independent production in Europe.

Download the conference programme here.

When? Tuesday 4 February 2020
Where? Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels.
What time? We invite you to a networking buffet lunch at 12.00 followed by the conference from 13.00 - 15.00.

We look forward to welcoming you! Conference language is English only.

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MAVISE database for TV, VOD services and their licences.

MAVISE, our free access database provides information on television channels, on-demand services and licences in 41 European countries and in Morocco.
Find the licensing country and owners of audiovisual services available in Europe. Create lists of services in Europe based on your criteria. Explore the European registries of licences, and download your search results.

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The independence of media regulatory authorities in Europe

Europe’s main piece of media legislation – the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) – was recently revised and a new version entered into force.
The Observatory has a vigilant eye on European media legislation and has released, with the aid of its partner institution, the University of Amsterdam's IViR, an analysis of what the new AVMSD will mean for European regulators.

Acccess it here

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Studies and data from the European film agencies

Yearbook Online Service 2019/2020

The BEST SOURCE OF DATA on:• television • film • video • on-demand audiovisual services in 40 European countries and Morocco

Published: 16/11/2019

► 400 tables collecting more than 25 000 data
► 40 country data sheets
► Data from 2014 to 2018


Price:  370 €

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