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EU ‘plans to reduce amount of British TV and film to protect “cultural diversity” after Brexit’

EU ‘plans to reduce the quantity of British TV exhibits and movies after declaring them a risk to Europe’s “cultural diversity” after Brexit’

  • The EU might declassify British movies and TV programmes as ‘European works’ 
  • European exhibits will need to have a majority of TV airtime and 30% on streaming websites
  • The transfer can be enormous blow to the business which sells £1.4bn in rights overseas 



The EU is planning to massively reduce the amount of British TV exhibits and film proven in Europe as a result of of their risk to ‘cultural variety’ within the wake of Brexit.

The transfer can be a blow to the UK’s leisure business, which is boosted by the £1.4billion sale of worldwide rights.

The UK is Europe’s largest producer of film and TV, with many much-loved exhibits comparable to The Crown and Downton Abbey attracting enormous international audiences, however the EU needs to diminish its ‘disproportionate’ affect.

The EU is planning to massively reduce the amount of British TV exhibits and film proven in Europe as a result of of their risk to ‘cultural variety’ within the wake of Brexit

In an inside EU doc seen by The Guardian, the bloc needs to not outline British exhibits and movies as ‘European works’.

Under an EU directive, European content material should obtain a majority of airtime on terrestrial TV and not less than 30 per cent of titles on platforms comparable to Netflix and Amazon.

Some international locations comparable to France have gone even additional, with a 60 per cent quota for video on demand platforms and demanding 15 per cent of their turnover is spent within the manufacturing of European initiatives.

Under the brand new guidelines, British works wouldn’t qualify, which means extra air time would have to be given to TV and movies produced by EU international locations.

The paper distributed amongst EU member states says: ‘The excessive availability of UK content material in video on demand providers, in addition to the privileges granted by the qualification as European works, may end up in a disproportionate presence of UK content material with the European video on demand quota and hinder a bigger selection of European works (together with from smaller international locations or much less spoken languages). 

The UK is Europe's biggest producer of film and TV, with many much-loved shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey attracting huge global audiences

The UK is Europe’s largest producer of film and TV, with many much-loved exhibits comparable to The Crown and Downton Abbey attracting enormous international audiences

‘Therefore the disproportionality might have an effect on the fulfilment of the aims of promotion of European works and cultural variety aimed by the audiovisual media providers directive.’

The doc was tabled with European diplomats on June 8 and addresses the European media panorama ‘within the aftermath of Brexit’. 

The concern is the most recent in a quantity of fraught disagreements between the EU and the UK since Brexit, together with fishing waters and the sale of British sausages in Northern Ireland.

The European Commission has been ordered to launch an impression research on the chance to the EU’s ‘cultural variety’ of British film and TV.

Diplomatic sources mentioned the transfer could possibly be step one in the direction of motion limiting the privileges that are granted to UK media.

If British works are not described as European, it could possibly be a significant blow to British drama in accordance to business figures.

Diplomatic sources said the move could be the first step towards action limiting the privileges which are granted to UK media

Diplomatic sources mentioned the transfer could possibly be step one in the direction of motion limiting the privileges that are granted to UK media

The pre-sale of worldwide rights to hit exhibits comparable to The Crown and Downton Abbey are sometimes the idea for his or her manufacturing.

The UK TV business earned £490million from the sale of worldwide rights to European channels and on demand platforms in 2019-20, the second largest market after the US. 

Adam Minns, govt director of the Commercial Broadcasters Association, mentioned: ‘Selling the worldwide mental property rights to British programmes has grow to be an important half of financing manufacturing in sure genres, comparable to drama.

‘Losing entry to a considerable half of EU markets can be a severe blow for the UK TV sector, proper throughout the worth chain from producers to broadcasters to creatives.’

The UK authorities had been beforehand warned of the chance that the EU would strive to reduce the dominance of the British display screen business after Brexit.

According to EU sources, the initiative could also be taken additional when France assumes the rolling presidency of the Council of the EU in January 2021.

A midterm assessment of the directive may also happen in three years time which might sign a change within the UK’s standing.

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