×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film firms urge tougher Euro quotas

Alliance wants less TV programming from abroad

BRUSSELS — European film companies are urging the European Union to toughen up the TV Without Frontiers Directive, which imposes quotas on the amount of non-European programming that broadcasters in the 15-nation bloc can carry.

The European Film Companies Alliance (EFCA) wants the EU to impose stronger obligations on broadcasters to show and invest in local films, tougher requirements to support local broadcasting, stronger obligations to support independent production and restrictions on ad breaks when a film is being broadcast.

Speaking as public hearings began in Brussels on Monday on revision of the measure, EFCA chairman Rasmus Ramstad said that it made no sense for TV companies to get away without showing a single European film and yet not be contravening the directive. “The review is an opportunity to change this,” he said.

Ramstad is president of Swedish producers’ group AB Svensk Filmindustri. Other bodies represented by EFCA, founded in 1995, include Germany’s CLT-Ufa, France’s Studio Canal and Pathé and Scandinavia’s Nordiskfilm.

EFCA also cites a report by Brussels lawmakers showing that of 574 films broadcast by one U.K. channel in 2002, only one was a local title less than eight years old. Despite this, it was not in breach of EU rules.

The hearings, which last through Wednesday, are also addressing issues like the protection of minors and the right of reply. The EU is due to publish its opinion in late 2003 or early 2004.

More Film

  • Ryan Reynolds Stunt

    Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds' Michael Bay Film '6 Underground' Wraps Production

    In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on Ryan Reynolds’ “6 Underground,” BAFTA LA names new board members, and the WGA East honors longtime exec Randall Jasta.  PRODUCTION Michael Bay’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer “6 Underground” has wrapped production. Netflix and Skydance Media completed principal photography in Abu Dhabi on the action-adventure, which reportedly carries a $125 [...]

  • Bruce Springsteen on Broadway

    Film Review: 'Springsteen on Broadway'

    Hope you like the 69-year-old version of Bruce Springsteen’s face, because it’s virtually all you’re going to see for the two hours and 40 minutes of the filmed “Springsteen on Broadway” — other than the bare brick wall of the theater casting a dim glow in the background beyond those gray sideburns, and two songs’ [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'A Star Is Born,' 'Vice' Lead 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Nominees

    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announced their nominees for the 8th annual AACTA International Awards on Tuesday. “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” lead the pack, with five and four nominations respectively. The two leading films compete with “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Roma” for best film, while Nicole Kidman becomes the [...]

  • China's Government Orders Talent Home to

    After Golden Horse Awards Embarrassment, China Orders Talent Home for Huabiao Ceremony

    China’s government quietly ordered top Chinese talent back to the mainland from abroad this past weekend to attend a Beijing ceremony for its highest film industry honors, the loosely bi-annual Huabiao Awards. The move came just weeks after it directed mainland film executives and talent to snub after-parties and return home as quickly as possible [...]

  • Fotosintesis Readies Mexico-U.S. Immigration Animated Feature

    Fotosintesis Readies Immigration Animated Feature ‘Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Mexico City-based Fotosintesis Media, a joint initiative of Mexico’s Mantarraya Group and writer-director Miguel Angel Uriegas, is moving into pre-production this January on “Beast,” the third Mexican animated feature from the cause-driven entertainment label. News of the move comes as Uriegas presents at Ventana Sur’s Animation! forum 15 minutes of work in [...]

  • Scott Derrickson

    'Doctor Strange' Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

    “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel. The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts. Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. [...]

  • Roma

    'Roma' Keeps Adding Theaters in Mexico

    “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal coming-of-age drama, is also a love letter to Mexico City. The sprawling metropolis — its cobblestoned streets, fading movie palaces, and lush parks — is practically a central character in the story of a family grappling with love and loss. Perhaps that’s the reason that “Roma” has been passionately embraced [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content