By remuneration we mean the total income of screenwriters from their audiovisual work.
On the initiative of our colleagues in FERA, FSE members participated in a major study on the remuneration of audiovisual authors. The median audiovisual author starts her/his career earning less than €12,000 per annum after tax. After 16 years of work she/he earns €19,000 from audiovisual work. About 10% of this comes from secondary payments. A median author has 1 year in 5 where she/he has no earnings from audiovisual work whatever.
This is obviously unfair and unjust but is also profoundly inefficient. The weak negotiating position of individual creators was pointed out by European Commission in initial studies and in the impact assessment prepared prior to the first proposal by the Commission of the Copyright Directive.
The fundamental policy goal of FSE therefore is to address the low income and unstable careers of screenwriters.
In addition to undertaking work in the writing of screenplays, writers also, in the act of writing, create intellectual property. The control of their exclusive rights and the consequent opportunities for licensing gives them an opportunity for ongoing sharing in the economic life of what they create, which both adds to their income and helps to even out that income over time.
Ensuring that screenwriters can licence their work especially for online use remains an important policy goal for FSE.
However, the relative values of contract-based payments corresponding to secondary payments ensure that screenwriters’ initial contracts remain the key focus for screenwriters and their guilds, and therefore for FSE.
The route to better contracts is through Collective Bargaining. The recognition of this in the Copyright Directive is very encouraging.
Implementation of the Copyright Directive and in particular of its endorsement of Collective Bargaining will be the focus of FSE policy and activity over the next years.
News on the 2019 Copyright Directive transposition process and available formats to collective mechanisms allowing for an effective implementation of its provisions related to authors’ and performers’ fair remuneration in exploitation contracts.
FERA, FSE and UNI MEI held the second online workshop “Building a Collective Bargaining Campaign” of the joint project “Strengthening Collective Bargaining for Audiovisual Creators” (CBW) on September 21, 2021.
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, FSE, in partnership with the French festival Série Series, looks back on 20 years of commitment through a collection of videos featuring the views of screenwriters engaged in FSE as presidents.
Joint statement from several European organizations to support the Slovenian film community facing disastrous governmental pressure as public film funding is blocked.
Some of the world’s biggest consumer device manufacturers are aggressively targeting the Visegrad Four countries to weaken national legislation or application of the existing legal framework on private copying. EU organisations and unions representing authors, performers, publishers and creative workers call on governments and EU decision-makers to take a firm stand against this new attempt to undermine a system that has long benefitted European creators, culture and society.
Regular review of various initiatives taken to tackle Covid-19 crisis in the audiovisual and cultural sectors, based on news from FSE member guilds, film funds, authors’ organisations in Europe and worldwide, newspapers, etc.
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and we support measures taken to contain it.
FSE member guild representing screenwriters in Italy, WGI-Writers Guild Italia, denounces the deterioration of contractual conditions in a press release published on 25 November.
European Creators’ statement on private copying compensation under attack from Apple, Huawei, Samsung.
A workshop for European Directors and screenwriters’ guilds on Negotiating the Implementation of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital single Market: Transposition in National Law and Collective Bargaining Opportunities.