27/05: European Cinema Trade Body UNIC Underlines Importance of Theatrical Release for Leading Film Festivals – Celluloid Junkie
The International Union of Cinemas (“UNIC”), representing cinema associations and key operators across 36 European territories, has today underlined the importance it attaches to ensuring that films selected for competition at leading film festivals receive a theatrical release and supporting the position adopted by French exhibition colleagues during the Cannes International Film Festival.
Digital Single Market
10/05: Digital Single Market mid-term review: Commission calls for swift adoption of key proposals and maps out challenges ahead – European Commission website
Having reached the middle of its mandate, the European Commission published the mid-term review of its Digital Single Market strategy.
10/05: Antitrust: Commission publishes final report on e-commerce sector inquiry – European Commission website
The European Commission's final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry identifies business practices that may restrict competition. It allows the Commission to target its enforcement of EU antitrust rules in e-commerce markets and has already prompted companies to review their practices.
Audiovisual Media Services Directive
23/05: The Council reached a general approach on the proposal for a revised directive on audiovisual media services – Consilium website
The Council reached a general approach on the proposal for a revised directive on audiovisual media services (AVMS) . The aim of the proposal is to respond to the unprecedented technological and market changes that the digital shift has brought about in order to preserve the competitiveness of Europe's audiovisual industry, while preserving fundamental values such as the protection of minors, media pluralism, cultural diversity and consumer protection.
24/05: AVMS Directive – Great progress to support Europe’s audiovisual works – SAA website
General Approach adopted by Culture Council goes further than European Commission proposal and promises a positive result on promotion of European works ahead of negotiations on final text with European Parliament and Commission.
19 – 22/06: CineEurope 2017 – You can still register here
15-16/06: Digital Assembly, Malta – more information here 8/09: Conference " Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – the role and responsibility of advertising, logistic and financial service providers", Switzerland – more information here