EAVE April News 2021
- EPC Code of Fair Practices
- Focus Asia launches call for its 2021 hybrid edition!
- EAVE launches comprehensive and high-impact Green Policy
EPC Code of Fair Practices
European Producers Club has published its Code of Fair Practices when working with the streamers for European independent producers:
The role of the independent production company is to discover talents, initiate projects by acquiring or creating IPs, develop scripts, attach other creative talents, produce the film and/or TV content and commercialise/monetise the work, via distributors and/or sales agents, by accessing audiences through theatres, broadcasters, VOD Services and any other means.
The role of an independent production company is at the heart of each project and involves creative development, production and budgetary and financial management.
The value of this role should be recognised in the producers’ relationships with VOD Services, in particular through the contractual terms regarding the funding and exploitation of each project. This Code of Fair Practices aims to establish basic parameters to be applied to VOD Services’ contracts when commissioning feature films, TV series and other audiovisual works (“originals”) from independent production companies.
1. Fair and proportionate remuneration and economic participation for producers
The principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration, which is already provided for by the EU for authors, directors and other copyright or related rights owners, should be applied to independent producers, as well.
Appropriate and proportionate remuneration for independent production companies includes reasonable producer fees, overhead fees in accordance with industry standards, and additional remuneration to be determined fairly and depending on viewing results. An adequate contingency reserve should also be included in the budget approved by the VOD Service.
2. Producers' contribution and right to participate in future derivative works
When an independent production company has acquired, created or co-developed an IP, that underlying IP shall remain with the production company, including the rights to make sequels, prequels, remakes, and any other derivative audiovisual works based on the initial film or TV series. As an example, the production company that has produced the first season of a TV series based on that IP should be involved as the production company in all subsequent seasons of that same series.
The exploitation rights granted to the VOD Service should be limited to the rights in the film or TV series that the VOD Service needs in connection with the primary exploitation of the work on its service, while allowing for the production company to authorize the reasonable, additional exploitation of the remaining or unused rights of the work, e.g. a theatrical release, where appropriate, and free TV exploitation after a reasonable period of exclusivity. VOD Services should only require the license of the rights they actually exploit or should acquire those additional rights for additional fees at a fair market rate.
All exploitation rights granted to a VOD Service should revert to the independent production company after a reasonable period of time.
3. Transparency and Accountability
In order for the independent production company to gain insight into the success of the works it has produced, the VOD Services should provide the independent production company with regular and comprehensive information on the exploitation of the work, in particular with respect to (i) the number of overall views of the work on the VOD Service, including detailed data for the key territories as well as (ii) relevant and comprehensive information about any off-service exploitation and any revenues thus generated.
4.Public Benefits and Fiscal Incentives
National benefits or subsidies, regional support funding and/or tax incentives aimed at national and European works in the Member States should be accessed only through independent production companies. Such support should be recognised as part of the producer's financial contribution and allow for the production company to maintain ownership and control of exploitation rights that are of a value that is truly comparable to that contribution.
Focus Asia launches call for its 2021 hybrid edition!
After a very successful 2020 online edition, FOCUS ASIA 2021, one of the leading markets exclusively dedicated to film professionals from Europe and Asia, will take place in a hybrid version in June 16-18, 2021 both in Udine (Italy) and in the ‘Far East digital space’. The industry section of the Far East Film Festival will bring together both physically and virtually over 200 film professionals from all over the world, confirming a rich programme featuring the project market dedicated to films in development and a brand-new initiative to bridge even more Europe and Asia.
The ALL GENRES PROJECT MARKET will select high-quality projects already in financing stage from Europe, Asia and rest of the world; the main goal is to attract films in advanced development phase with at least 15-30% of the budget in place so to enable selected teams to find the most suitable co-production and financing partners through a series of tailor-made individual meetings; the deadline for submissions is April 20, 2021 and you can find the call for entries at the following link:
The first edition of ASIAN GATES will consist in a cycle of masterclasses, lectures and case studies targeting European film professionals keen to explore more in detail the financing and distribution opportunities offered by the Asian market; the programme will be planned and developed in close partnership with EAVE Ties That Bind.
In the coming weeks we will reveal the complete programme, all confirmed decision makers and we will open the registration campaign to attend the market. Producers and film professionals from all over the world are welcome to join us for this exciting hybrid edition of FOCUS ASIA 2021!
More info at: https://www.fareastfilm.com/focus-asia-2021/
EAVE launches comprehensive and high-impact Green Policy
EAVE, known for high-level training workshops for producers and other audiovisual industry professionals, is launching a new comprehensive green policy. EAVE annually brings together hundreds of professionals from all over the world to various locations to develop people, projects, and companies; to make all of these activities as green as possible is a daunting prospect, but EAVE has been thinking about sustainability for many years and now has taken the important next step to introduce a concrete and comprehensive green policy.
EAVE recently has reviewed all its processes and practices, identified improvements, and defined concrete actions to reach its sustainability goals. These actions will affect the daily operations of its staff, the pedagogical team and guest experts, as well as workshop participants; it also will have an impact on the choice of EAVE's providers such as hotels and restaurants as well as event destinations.
EAVE has organised its green policy in three key areas:
- Daily functions at workshops, including choice of locations and partners.
- Travel to workshops, festivals, other industry events and meetings.
- Daily office practices, including purchases of equipment and materials.
Just a few of the actions outlined in the policy include less printing and shipping of materials; avoiding plastic cups and other single-use products when possible; smarter use of digital communications; buying local when possible and being freight conscious when not; considerably reducing meat consumption at workshops; choosing train travel over air travel, and public transportation over individual where possible; and offering suggestions for EAVE’s partners and suppliers (including hotels) to also improve their own practices.
Kristina Trapp, Chief Executive of EAVE, says, “We wish to set a positive example that others can follow. In order to reach this goal, we are making our green policy public and sharing our list of actions and recommendations for our staff, experts and workshop participants.”
She continues, “We also wish to initiate and encourage an active exchange for the sharing of best green practices within the EAVE network, with all our partners as well as generally in the film industry.”
Trapp adds, “We hope that this may in fact have a very significant impact. EAVE workshop alumni say that their workshop experiences have substantially changed their minds and practices. Even if EAVE does prompt some traveling for workshops, its huge and active professional network also makes it possible for producers to cooperate across borders without the need for single-purpose or single-project travel.”
EAVE is happy to share its full green policy with interested parties so they can adapt the ideas and recommendations for their own needs. The organisation also welcomes feedback and dialogue to further collaboration on sustainability best practices.
To read EAVE GREEN POLICY 2021 in full, please click here.
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Programme Manager Europe, EAVE
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EAVE, working with a worldwide network of partners, is involved in programmes for producers in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Arab world, Asia and Africa.
Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. We believe that the support of independent voices, creative imagination and culturally driven companies within the global media industries is an urgent necessity in the 21st century. Through our work we aim to contribute towards the creation of strong networks of producers and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills that will strengthen independent production across the world.