Appel à contributions
Dossier to be published in No. 101 – 1st Q. 2016
Towards a new framework
for the European audiovisual industry
Edited by Sally BROUGHTON MICOVA, Alexandre JOLIN,
Jan LOISEN & Thomas PARIS
A new round of audiovisual regulatory discussions is starting in Europe while the industry is facing critical issues driven by the rapid development of online video services and first signs of globalisation, challenging a highly fragmented European sector.
As part of the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy, the AVMSD review began in 2015 and legislative proposals are due to be set out in 2016. Main frameworks are focusing on the redefinition of the scope of services covered, the harmonisation of legal obligations between traditional broadcasters and on demand service providers, and the rediscussion of the "country of origin" principle. Parallel work on modernizing the copyright rules to fit the new digital revolution and define online platforms is also a main issue.
The AVMSD currently applies to TV broadcasters and on-demand services, but not to internet services hosting user-generated content. The application of broadcasters and on demand services' obligations to online video sharing platforms could open new perspectives for the financing of cultural industries, but also could have implications for freedom of expression and the sharing economy. Broadcasters currently face stricter rules than on-demand services in some areas, such as promoting European cultural works and advertising. The Commission will consider whether this distinction between linear TV and on demand video should be removed in order to ensure the sustainable development of both.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being brokered between the United States and European Union, has been under development since 2013. The Partnership has come under criticism from many in the European cultural sector not only for its wholesale privileging of corporate over social and environmental interests, but also for the potential threat it poses to the various cultural (European public) funding models.
Conditions in the very fragmented European audio-visual market also raises questions about the extent to which economies of scales could be derived from greater cooperation among players. The European telecom sector already engaged in a concentration process and US media conglomerates and Internet giants are knocking at the door.
Questions touched upon by the special edition include:
• How could potential copyright reforms extend to the overall audiovisual sector? What could be the right balance between protecting right holders’ revenues and guaranteeing access to consumers
• How best can or should policymakers safeguard and promote cultural diversity across Europe? To what extent are there special roles to be played by PSB and independent producers?
• Are we at the beginning of a new era in terms of financing? Will Internet video services be a driver for the creation of an audiovisual single market or a vector of value destruction in the industry?
• In the context of the globalization of the video industry, is there a need for concentration in the European Union, both for producers and broadcasters?
Please send submissions (in the form of full papers)
by 15th December 2015 to:
Submission of papers
All papers submitted for publication will be reviewed by at least two referees/experts using the "double blind" system.
Proposals must be submitted in Word format (.doc) and should not exceed 6,500 words – including the abstract and references.
As far as possible, the publisher recommends that you insert some illustrations (tables, diagrams) in the paper, in order to facilitate the general comprehension.
Please ensure that they are readable in grey scale, and that they are of high-definition, in order to guarantee the printing quality.
Bibliographical references should be included at the end of the article. Should these references appear in the text, please indicate the author's name and the year of publication in brackets.
COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES also welcomes submissions for extra papers - off dossier - that typically cover innovative issues in the sector of the telecoms, internet and new media. If your paper is selected by the Editiorial committee, it will be submitted to the double-blind review process.
On the other hand, should you wish to propose a short paper (1500 to 3000 words maximum) for the "Features" rubric, offering factual analyses of recent developments in the fields of regulation and competition, firms and markets, technical innovations, public policies and use logics, please contact Sophie NIGON.
Book reviews are also very welcome should they are in connection with our usual thematics.