Helmers in U.K. back revs battle

Directors want royalties from ongoing TV/vid $

LONDON — Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and Alan Parker are among more than 1,000 U.K. film and TV directors who are backing a campaign to win a share of the ongoing TV and video revenues from their work.

The Campaign for Directors’ Rights claims that U.K. broadcasters are denying directors their right to the kind of ongoing royalty payments that are routinely paid to writers and actors.

According to the campaigners, broadcasters are ignoring 1996 British legislation which enshrined an EC directive stipulating that directors, as co-authors, have an “unwaivable right to equitable remuneration from the ongoing exploitation of their work.”

Instead, directors are being offered “take-it-or-leave-it buy-out contracts,” giving them no claim on revenues from overseas sales or the secondary market.

Alan Parker said, “As the new technologies allow our film and television work to be shown in more and more ways around the world, we are crazy not to insist on benefiting from the considerable and continued exploitation of our work.”

The campaign has been launched jointly by the Directors’ and Producers’ Rights Society, the Broadcasting, Entertainment and Cinematograph Union and the Directors’ Guild of Great Britain.

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