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VoD - which licences for which markets? Debate in Cannes May 18 at 2:30 pm at the Ambassadeurs

"VoD - which licences for which markets?" is the theme of this year's European Audiovisual Observatory Afternoon in Cannes. This workshop has become a key part of the Cannes calendar and broke all records last year when over 350 cinema professionals crowded into the Salon des Ambassadeurs to hear the Observatory's latest industry-based analyses. This year's edition is, once again, freely accessible to everyone accredited to the market or festival. It will take place on Sunday 18th of May from 14.30 to 16.15 in the Salon des Ambassadeurs in Cannes' Palais des Festivals.

This year, the Observatory will be offering a practical and analytical approach to the VoD market in Europe. The often thorny question of which licences to attribute to which services for which territories and for which time frame will be examined by Dr. Susanne Nikoltchev, Head of the Observatory's Department for Legal Information. The practical minefield of licensing works for VoD will be explored by Dr. Michael Kühn, Head of the Legal Department of German Broadcaster Sat.1. The development of two major VoD markets - France and the UK - will be spotlighted by respectively Benoît Danard, Director of the Research, Statistics and Forecast Department of the CNC and David Steele, Head of the Research and Statistics Unit of the UK Film Council. The workshop would not be complete without the Observatory's traditional roundup of the 2007 film market trends, presented by Martin Kanzler, an analyst from the Observatory's Department for Information on Markets and Financing.

Dr. André Lange, the Observatory's Head of the Department for Information on Markets and Financing who will be moderating the workshop said "VoD is again this year's hot topic. The market is expanding at a lightening rate as the report we published with the Département des Médias (DDM) shows. VoD services are springing up like mushrooms. We therefore want to look at the practical aspects of this for those involved in the process of licensing as well as focusing on the recent trend of two major European markets. We look forward to the discussion afterwards with the film professionals in the room."

"The Observatory afternoon in Cannes has become a must-go event." said Wolfgang Closs, Executive Director of the Strasbourg-based Observatory. "Our audience ranges from film producers and distributors to representatives of funding bodies and decision-makers. Right across the board, the Cannes public is faithful to this event because they know they will get a reliable picture of the market trends and legal information from us."

The Observatory's Cannes programme also includes a contribution to the ICC's well-attended  legal conference, focusing this year on "Rights Clearance in 2008 - Towards Clearer Rights?". The Observatory's legal analyst, Francisco Cabrera, will zoom in on legal aspects of VoD, in particular licensing issues in Europe. The ICC conference takes place on Friday 16th of May in Cannes.

The Observatory will, of course, be publishing its much-awaited 11th edition of "FOCUS - World Film Market Trends" which provides an invaluable snapshot of the major international markets. FOCUS will be distributed to all market participants and limited numbers will be available as a giveaway on the Observatory's stand on the film market (A6 Riviera section).

Also presented on the Observatory's stand will be the new database on European television channels and companies - MAVISE - which the Observatory has developed for the European Commission (DG Communication). This fully searchable and freely accessible database includes key details of over 250 different specialised cinema channels in Europe. Cinema professionals will be able to call up useful information on these channels in order to find new markets for their films.

Program :Sunday, 18th of May 2008 14.30 - 16.15
Salon des Ambassadeurs, 4th floor, Palais des Festivals, Cannes

OPENING by Wolfgang Closs, Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory


by Martin Kanzler, Analyst from the Department for Information on Markets and Financing, European Audiovisual Observatory


by André Lange, Moderator and Head of the Department for Information on Markets and Financing, European Audiovisual Observatory


by Susanne Nikoltchev, Head of the Department for Department for Legal Information, European Audiovisual Observatory


by Dr. Michael Kühn, Legal Affairs, from ProSieben Sat 1 Media A.G.


    1. The UK Market - David Steele, Head of the

Research and Statistics Unit of the UK Film Council

The French market - Benoît Danard, Director of the Research, Statistics and Forecast Department of the CNC (to be confirmed)

These presentations will be followed by an open discussion on the VOD market. Your participation will be most welcome!

This workshop will take place in English and French -

simultaneous translation will be provided

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