Canal+ defends rights payment freeze

Canal+ has defended its refusal to pay rights fees demanded by French collecting societies following a dispute that has lasted several months, leading to major legal battle between the pay TV operator and four of the main societies. Four leading collecting societies – SACD, SACEM, SCAM and ADAGP – filed a lawsuit with the Paris […]

Mediamétrie’s Baghery exits for new role

French copyright collecting society SACD has named Mediamétrie’s Sahar Baghery as director of audiovisual, cinema and digital creation. Baghery is currently director of global media research an content strategy at Eurodata TV Worldwide/Mediamétrie, and is a well-known face on the international TV conference circuit. At SACD, Baghery will be charged with implementing the society’s strategy […]

Industry groups agree online rights deal with Canal+

Two groups representing French content creation professionals’ intellectual property rights have agreed a deal with Canal+ to allow the latter to exploit their rights for subscription video-on-demand service CanalPlay Infinity. Collective rights management groups SACD and ADAGP have authorised Canal Plus to use works for which they manage the rights after agreeing a remuneration deal. […]

New deal for French TV fiction writers

France Télévisions, Groupe 25 Images and four groups representing French content creation professionals – the Guilde Française des Scénaristes, the Syndicat des Producteurs Indépendants, the Union Syndicale de la Production Audiovisuelle and the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) – have struck an agreement designed to improve the remuneration and conditions of employment of […]

Scripted reality consultation underway in France

French media regulator the CSA has said it will hold meetings with content creation professionals next month to determine the status of scripted reality TV shows. The CSA is aiming to clarify in particular the extent to which scripted reality shows should count towards channels’ commitment to provide a certain quota of fiction programming created […]