From time to time, the European Commission commissions studies to inform its decision-making and policy initiatives on the audiovisual sector. All recent studies can be accessed from this page. They cover:
- New business models in the audiovisual sector (2012)
- The role of banks in the European film industry (2009)
- The role of SMEs (2008)
- Dubbing and sub-titling (2007)
- Continuous Training for Audiovisual Professionals in 32 European Countries (2005)
NEW BUSINESS MODELS IN THE AUDIOVISUAL SECTOR
This independent study on business models in the audiovisual sector shortlists a panorama of new business models from the digital economy with the goal of promoting and distributing audivisual works.
In view of the digital revolution, these new business models have the potential to generate important developments. This study tries to examine how these new business models could reinforce the circulation of European works.
The models are evaluated based on a SWOT analysis. Based on this panorama, a prospective and qualitative analysis of the most relevant and promising business models are presented.
THE ROLE OF BANKS IN THE EUROPEAN FILM INDUSTRY
The aim of this study is to give a current overview of the film banking landscape in Europe with a particular emphasis on the role of banks, subsidiaries of banks, and guarantee funds in the film industry value chain.
Furthermore the study tries to assess the involvement of financial institutions in the film banking sector to understand their potential future interest, the market for film banking and where growth opportunities are to be found.
In order to achieve these aims, roundtable discussions were held with key players from the film banking sector along with representatives from the MEDIA Programme and the European Investment Bank. The study concludes with three recommendations for the European Commission.
THE ROLE OF SMEs
The aim of this study on the role of SMEs and European audiovisual works in the context of the fast changing and converging home entertainment sector (PayTV, Homevideo, Video on Demand, video games, internet, etc.) is to identify the challenges and opportunities facing the European home entertainment sector as a whole and to make recommendations on how the European Commission can help European SMEs and audiovisual works make the most of current changes.
The first part of this report provides an overview of the current home entertainment market by describing practices, market trends, key players and legal framework in different segments of the sector and across different territories.
The report then focuses on challenges and opportunities brought about by new technologies such as new distribution platforms for European audiovisual works and SMEs active in the home entertainment sector. Finally, it formulates a series of recommendations on how the European Commission could take these into account in the context of its policies and actions in favour of the audiovisual and home entertainment sector and its SMEs.
DUBBING AND SUB-TITLING
The aim of this study is to assess the current practices in the field of dubbing and subtitling. The study covers the 31 member countries participating in the MEDIA programme (27 EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland). The study consists of benchmarking the current practices in all the countries covered by the study. It provides recommendations on measures to be implemented at Community level to enable linguistic diversity, while lowering the barriers to the circulation of European audiovisual works on the international market.
CONTINUOUS TRAINING FOR AUDIOVISUAL PROFESSIONALS
This report presents the findings of a study of continuous training in the European audiovisual industries prepared for the MEDIA Programme of the European Commission by the strategy consultancy Olsberg|SPI.