TF1 looks to digital future with producers’ groups agreement

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured agreements with organisations representing producers and authors’ rights societies that it says will enable it to invest further in digital platforms and non-linear services. TF1 has struck an accord with producers’ groups SATEV, SPECT, SPI, USPA and SEDPA and authors rights societies SACD and SCAM. The broadcaster said this […]

Netflix in landmark deal to finance French cinema

Netflix has struck a deal with French cinema organisations committing it to invest about €40 million a year in French and European cinema in 2022, with a guarantee to invest a minimum of €30 million a year in French original movies over the next three years. The agreement between the streamer and cinema organisations BLIC, […]

Salto strikes agreement with copyright societies

French streaming outfit Salto has struck a key agreement with copyright collecting societies the SACD and ADAGP to recompense authors of audiovisual works distributed on the platform. The copyright outfits said that the agreement took into account the non-linear use of works such as catch-up television and and video-on-demand, but also covered the distribution of […]

Broadcast Networks Europe names new chief

Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE), the association of European-terrestrial transmission network providers, has named Arnaud Lucaussy, CEO of France’s TDF, as president. Lucuaussy takes over the reins of the organisation from Josep Ventosa, director of Cellnex Telecom’s Spanish unit. Brussels-based BNE groups together 17 transmission services providers from 19 European countries and is dedicated to the […]

Canal+ rows back on free-to-view move

French pay TV operator Canal+ has rowed back on its decision to de-encrypt its channels in the face of the Coronavirus crisis after other French audiovisual industry players raised concerns. Over the weekend, Canal+ re-encrypted the Canal+ Family, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport and Canal+ Decalé channels. The broadcaster said that it would continue to offer […]

French authors and producers’ groups slam France 4 closure plan

French minister of culture Franck Riester has confirmed plans to close down France Télévisions youth channel France 4 along with international service France Ô, next year, to the consternation of groups representing creatives in the country. Riester’s confirmation of the closure came at the signature of an agreement on plans to ensure France Télévisions’ continued […]

European Council adoption makes copyright directive definitive

The European Council has adopted the controversial new copyright directive. The adoption of the new rules, following the European Parliament’s endorsement, means that the directive must now be implemented in national law by member states over the next two years. The directive is designed to ensure authors and artists are recompensed for their work but […]

SACD: Salto has ‘no chance’ against Netflix

Salto, the project to create a French OTT service championed by France Télévisions chief Delphine Ernotte, has “no chance against Netflix”, according to Pascal Rogard, the director-general of copyright collecting society SACD. Presenting the authors’ and composers’ rights outfit’s contribution to a consultation on the reform of public service media in France, Rogard said that […]

Industry stakeholders slam European Council copyright reform draft

Both public broadcaster organisation the EBU and a group representing authors of audiovisual works have expressed dissatisfaction with different aspects of the compromise position agreed by the European Council on copyright reform in the EU. The Council’s permanent representatives committee, Coreper, agreed a position on the draft directive at the end of last week that […]

French content creators call for technology-neutral movie windows

Copyright societies representing French producers, directors, authors and content creators have called for a reduction in the theatrical release window for movies to three months and an alignment of linear and non-linear pay TV distribution on a technology-neutral basis. The groups, the ARP, SACD, SRF, SPI and UPC, have collectively called for identical windows for […]

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