A unique European information network

In order to produce our considerable output of information on the audiovisual industries in Europe, the Observatory has built up a unique information network supplying us with all types of data and analysis. This network is made up of over 1,000 different information contacts, comprising:

  • partner institutions and organisations,
  • professional information suppliers,
  • selected individual correspondents.

The information we receive is then processed by the Observatory's two Departments: the Department for Market Information and the Department for Legal Information. It is then distributed in the form of publications, information on line, free access databases and conference presentations.

Networks within the network

Given the various sectors of the audiovisual industry we cover, each expert or analyst working on a specific field at the Observatory has his or her own cinema-related, television-related or legal affairs network, for example. These sub-networks can be listed as follows for the Observatory's two Departments:

Department for Market Information:

  • EFARN network: the Heads of Research and Statistics from national and European film agencies.This network works within the framework of the European Film Agency Directors (EFAD) group. The European Audiovisual Observatory is in charge of its Secretariat. See EFARN presentation here.
  • LUMIERE network: organisations such as national film agencies, distributors' organisations or market research firms provide data which is fed into the LUMIERE cinema admissions database.
  • LUMIERE VOD network:  a network of information providers such as VOD portals and VOD services makes available information which is fed into the LUMIERE VOD database
  • MAVISE network: the main resource is a collaboration with the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and its network of European audiovisual regulatory authorities who supply key data which is fed into MAVISE, the database on audiovisual services and their jurisdiction in Europe.


Department for Legal Information:

  • IRIS network: legal correspondents throughout Europe supply short reporting on the latest legal developments in Europe concerning the audiovisual sector. These articles are published in the IRIS newsletter and stored in the IRIS MERLIN database.
  • IRIS editorial board: representatives from our legal network who assist in deciding on the Observatory's output of legal information and publications.

Our Partner Organisations

EMR - Institute of European Media Law

Franz-Mai-Straße 6 66121 Saarbrücken Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 681 99 275 11
Fax: +49 (0) 681 99 275 12
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.emr-sb.de/

IViR - Institute for Information Law

Kloveniersburgwal 48 1012 CX Amsterdam The Netherlands

Tel.: +31 / 20 525 34 06
Fax: +31 / 20 525 30 33
Web: www.ivir.nl