Remuneration

The route to better contracts is through Collective Bargaining

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 Remuneration

Collective Bargaining for Screenwriters and Directors. Results of a joint FERA-FSE-UNI MEI programme

2023.10.05

FERA, FSE and UNI MEI set up a programme to build capacity among audiovisual authors’ guilds and professional organizations in Europe to bargain collectively in the context of the implementation of Title IV, Chapter III of the 2019 Copyright Directive.

Screenwriters everywhere in support of WGA strike!

2023.06.22

14 June 2023 – #ScreenwritersEverywhere – An international day of solidarity with the American screenwriters on strike. Members of WGA West and East, FSE, IAWG and UNI-MEI organised pickets and other actions in more than 30 countries to support the WGA strike.

PRESS RELEASE – 14 June Screenwriters Everywhere. Global Day of Action & Solidarity with WGA Strike

2023.06.13

June 14, “Screenwriters Everywhere”, a day of global solidarity with the WGA strike. Members of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG), UNI Global Union (UNI-MEI), and other supporters will hold events around the world.

Webinar for Screenwriters and Directors’ Organisations on Copyright Directive Transposition

2022.04.20

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-UNI MEI Hold Second Online Workshop “Building a Collective Bargaining Campaign”

2021.10.07

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.

FSE 20th Anniversary : SCREENWRITERS UNITED!

2021.06.11

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.

FSE supports the Slovenian Film Community

2020.11.12

Joint statement from several European organizations to support the Slovenian film community facing disastrous governmental pressure as public film funding is blocked.

Joint Statement : Private Copying Compensation Under Attack

2020.10.06

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.

COVID-19 FSE newsletters

2020.04.17

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.

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