November

28

2016

Les Cinéastes Invitent ... CRISTIAN MUNGIU

On the occasion of the premiere of his new film "Graduation", L'ARP, Cinéma des Cinéastes, la SACD, SAA and Le Pacte are very happy to organise an exceptional evening around Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, as part of our series of screenings "Les Cinéastes invitent… l’ami européen".

The ARP, the Cinéma des Cinéastes, SACD, the SAA and Le Pacte are delighted to welcome Cristian Mungiu on Monday 28th November at 8pm to present "Graduation" and to have a discussion with Bertrand Tavernier after the screening. The event will take place at the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris.

The aim of these evenings (this is the 23rd edition) is to encourage exchanges between France and other European countries.  This is done through the premiere of a film, followed by a debate with the director on both artistic aspects of the film as well as the specific nature of the different types of European cinema: financing conditions and aids to film in the country concerned, the circulation of the films outside France, issues related to coproductions and authors' rights...

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November

23

2016

Screenwriters and directors call on European Parliament to put authors at heart of copyright reform

A delegation of audiovisual authors and their collective management organisations (CMOs) from across Europe met Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss copyright package ahead of the announcement of the winner of the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize.

With the European Parliament about to start discussing the European Commission’s copyright package proposals, SAA and FERA brought screenwriters and directors from across Europe. During their meetings with MEPs, they encouraged them to change the rules to achieve two main objectives: ensure that authors are fairly remunerated when their works are seen; better support the circulation and promotion of European audiovisual works.

The delegation also met the teams of the three LUX Film Prize finalists (My life as a Courgette by Claude Barras, Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade and As I open my eyes by Leyla Bouzid) present in Strasbourg for the awarding of the 2016  LUX Film Prize on 23 November. The European Parliament’s cinema prize provides distribution support through subtitling in the 24 official European languages, an essential element of a films’ circulation across Europe.

The delegation was made up of SAA members from Croatia (DHFR), France (SACD, LaScam), Germany (VG Bild Kunst), Poland (ZAPA), Slovenia (AIPA), Spain (SGAE, DAMA) and the United Kingdom (ALCS, Directors UK) as well as Members of FERA’s board of directors from Germany, Slovenia and France. The authors in the delegation included:

  • Julia Altares (Amar en tiempos revueltos), Spain
  • Christophe Andrei (Plus Belle La Vie), France
  • Karolina Bielawska (Mów mi Marianna), Poland
  • Peter Carpentier  (Wie es Bleibt), Germany
  • Carlos Clavijo (Gernika), Spain
  • Klemen Dvornik (Kruha in Inger), Slovenia
  • Dariusz Gajewski (Obce Niebo), Poland
  • Anne Georget (Festins Imaginaires), France
  • Virginie Linhart (Lundi en Histoires - Manuel Valls : Le Matador), France
  • Jobst Ötzmann (Tatort), Germany
  • Di Redmond (Zou), UK
  • Tom Roberts (Company of Soldiers), UK

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

  • to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;
  • to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;
  • to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

About FERA

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), founded in 1980, represents film and TV directors at European level, with 35 directors’ associations as members from 29 countries. We speak for more than 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests.

www.filmdirectors.eu @film_directors

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October

12

2016

*NEW* video on audiovisual authors’ remuneration

What are the professional lives of screenwriters and directors like? How do they make a living and what are the challenges they face?

This video presents the current situation of European screenwriters and directors and suggests European solutions.

For more information see SAA's infographic in:

Croatian
English

French
German
Spanish

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - *NEW* video on audiovisual authors’ remuneration
SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - *NEW* video on audiovisual authors’ remuneration
September

26

2016

SAA welcomes European Parliament moves to promote European film and TV

European Parliament’s Culture committee hearing today on the amending of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive follows the publication of a draft report that looks to narrow the regulatory differences between online and offline services and better promote European works.

Press Release, Brussels, Monday 26th September 2016

SAA published its position on the Commission and Parliament’s proposals welcoming the positive steps to bring video sharing platforms into the scope of the Directive as well as positive action to correct the previous failure of the Directive to promote European works online across Europe. SAA particularly welcomes the strengthening of the quotas for European works on video-on-demand platforms by Parliament co-rapporteurs' Petra Kammerevert and Sabine Verheyen. SAA encourages the European Parliament and Council to go further in ensuring that the Directive remains relevant in the future and supports the development of European creativity. In particular, the Directive should help to promote higher visibility for European works in catalogues of digital services, strengthen investments and financial contributions in favour of creation and give a bigger role to ERGA in drafting guidelines ensuring visibility of European works is achieved.

Cécile Despringre, SAA’s Executive Director said: “The draft report pushes the draft Directive in the right direction. We hope that members of the European Parliament and Council will be forward-looking in their amendments to recognise the crucial role of VOD platforms in relation to the accessibility, visibility and circulation of European works, to the benefit of Europe’s cultural diversity and European citizens”.

Press contact: James Taylor j.taylor@saa-authors.eu, +32 495 73 42 90

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

-          to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;

-          to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;

-          to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

SAA position paper on the European Commission’s proposal and the Parliament’s draft report is available here.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

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September

14

2016

Copyright package: Progress undermined by failure to strengthen rights of authors

The wide-reaching copyright package presented today by the European Commission is met with a mixed reaction by SAA. Beyond these first steps to support authors, SAA calls for greater ambition at EU level for screenwriters and directors.

SAA welcomes the Commissions ‘transparency triangle’ of 1) exploitation transparency, 2) contract adjustment mechanism, 3) alternative dispute resolution mechanism, but regrets that the Commission shied away from tackling the underlying problem of the uneven negotiating position between audiovisual authors and their producers and stops short of providing the unwaivable right to remuneration advocated by SAA.

As a result, beyond the good intentions of such measures, there is a risk of no real positive impact for authors and no strengthening of their rights.

It is particularly regrettable since urgent action is required, as clearly shown by SAA’s infographic published on Monday 12th September, which demonstrated the continued need to guarantee an unwaivable right to remuneration for European screenwriters and directors. This is why SAA calls upon the European Parliament and Council to seize this opportunity to improve the situation of the creators behind some of Europe’s best known creative works as well as the continent’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

Barbara Hayes, Chair of the SAA board of directors, said: “We welcome this first step to strengthen authors’ rights but are disappointed to see the Commission’s promises to act on remuneration fall short. The European Parliament and Council must now build on this to make the Digital Single Market work for Europe’s screenwriters and directors.”

Cécile Despringre, SAA Executive Director, added: “As our recent infographic on remuneration shows, audiovisual authors across Europe are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from their work. More needs to be done to make sure that their works circulate better and that they are duly paid when their works are exploited across the EU.”

The copyright package covers other areas of importance to audiovisual authors:

Improved availability of audiovisual works

SAA supports the Commission’s continued efforts to improve the active circulation of Europe’s audiovisual heritage and calls on the Parliament and Council to establish a principle of continuous exploitation of audiovisual and cinematographic works on video-on-demand platforms.

Regulation on retransmissions and certain online transmissions of broadcasters

SAA welcomes the Commission’s proposal to make the rules applicable to retransmission services technology neutral. However, SAA believes that the current drafting is a missed opportunity to resolve the confusion around direct injection and the forced transfer of retransmission rights to broadcasters which has been the source of litigation in a number of countries across the continent. SAA calls upon the European Parliament and Council to follow the lead of recent Dutch legislation and confirm that audiovisual authors collective management organisations (CMOs) manage the retransmission rights of audiovisual authors.

SAA remains concerned about the erosion of the territorial licensing system in Europe through the extension of the satellite country of origin principle to certain online services of broadcasters and will strongly oppose further extension of the country of origin principle to other online services.

Press contact: James Taylor j.taylor@saa-authors.eu, +32 495 73 42 90

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

-          to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;

-          to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;

-          to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

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September

12

2016

Audiovisual Authors' Remuneration (video & infographic)

Check out SAA's video & infographic on screenwriters' & directors' remuneration.

You can see our video below (or on our vimeo channel) and our infographic in English, French, German, Spanish and Croatian or download it below. Follow updates on this issue online at #AVauthorsRemuneration

May

25

2016

Europe’s Audiovisual Future – welcome progress on promotion of European works

Catalogue quotas, prominence requirements and possible financing commitments for VOD all welcome steps forward in promoting European creation in the digital era.

The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for an amending Directive of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This is a first step but an important milestone in the development of the EU’s cultural policy. SAA calls on the Council and European Parliament to be even more ambitious.

SAA fully supports two proposed revisions: the requirement for VOD services to include European works in their catalogues and ensure their visibility; and, in order to put an end to unfair competition, the capacity for Member States to apply the same financial contribution rules to services based outside their borders but targeting their citizens.

SAA is convinced that these two proposals will help create a fair and balanced market for both European works and Europe-based distributors. Regulatory forum shopping, used by some distributors when establishing headquarters in countries with weaker audiovisual regulation, should no longer be a competitive advantage.

SAA calls on the Member States and MEPs to consolidate these commitments and be more ambitious on the promotion and financing of European works. In particular, the Directive should set higher targets for the presence of European works on VOD platforms. The proposed 20% catalogue quota is insufficient. Broadcasters are required to have 50% of European content and, according to a recent study by the European Audiovisual Observatory, VOD platform catalogues are already made up of 30% European works.

SAA also wants the Council and European Parliament to be vigilant that the amending Directive does not weaken the integrity of audiovisual works and the moral rights of their authors. Among the proposed relaxation of advertising rules, SAA opposes the possibility of interrupting films every 20 minutes.

Chair of the SAA board of Directors, Barbara Hayes said: “The quotas in the AVMS Directive have helped European drama to breakthrough outside of national borders – making Europe’s audiovisual sector more competitive internationally and demonstrating our talented screenwriters and directors. Their extension to video on demand services is vital.”

SAA Executive Director, Cécile Despringre said: “SAA is resolutely supportive of any coherent regulation that creates a level playing field for audiovisual services. Operators in the same market need to be subject to the same rules, including on financial contributions.”

Press contact: James Taylor, j.taylor@saa-authors.eu, +32 495 73 42 90

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

- to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;

- to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;

- to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

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