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Watchdog chief calls for ‘European Hulu’

European media groups needs to come together to create a “European Hulu”, according to Oliver Schrameck, director general of French media regulator the CSA.

HuluSpeaking at an event at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, Schrameck said that such an initiative would “of course” have to take into account “the variety of languages and cultures” in Europe.

Schrameck recalled that when, in 2013, he had suggested there could be a need for a “French Hulu”, media leaders responded with incredulity.

“The audiovisual industry has common interests that are stronger than its differences,” he said, warning against complacency about “Trojan horses” represented by groups that avoided their responsibilities.

In the US, the broadcaster-backed Hulu has emerged as a viable competitor to Amazon and Netflix through exclusive content deals and access to programming from its studio parents.

Schrameck said that there was need for closer collaboration between audiovisual regulators to facilitate this kind of initiative in Europe.

He argued that the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), the group set up by the EC to advise on the audiovisual media service directive, would serve as a key anchor for the implementation of a directive that addressed the need for financialsupport for European content.

Schrameck said that regulatory cooperation at European level was crucial in giving European media groups a solid framework in which to develop collaborative approach and an “organised convergence”.

Schrameck said the CSA was leading by example, citing its involvement in Mediterranean area regulatory association the RIRM, which encompasses 26 countries around the Mediterranean, and Francophone area media regulators group REFRAM.

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