Czech bizzers: Nix tax on tix

TV Nova, Prima oppose CAPA-backed bill

PRAGUE — Commercial TV leaders TV Nova and Prima plus Czech exhibs and distribs are opposing a 3% tax on movie tickets, home video sales and broadcast advertising coin that would raise 300 million Czech crowns ($12.8 million) a year to fund local film production.

Calling the proposed law a blank check for government commissioners accountable to no one, TV Nova topper Petr Dvorak said his station prefered to choose its own films to fund.

“If someone wants to know what movies are supported by Nova they can go to the cinema and see ‘Wrong Side Up’ or ‘Novel for Women,’ ” he added.

His Prima counterpart Martin Dvorak described the film fund proposal as “just another tax.”

The Czech Audiovisual Producers Assn. is backing the bill now going through the Czech Parliament.

Concerns will be hashed out in Parliament committees, APA head Pavel Strnad told Daily Variety Friday. “Nobody thinks this law is perfect.”

Other industryites want the government to set up a state film commission as in the rest of Europe.

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