Magazine article Screen International

Incoming IFTA Chair Attacks DSM

Magazine article Screen International

Incoming IFTA Chair Attacks DSM

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The GFM Films partner will officially transition into the role on September 24 when the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) holds its annual membership meeting, marking the third time he will have held the position.

In an interview with Screendaily, Ryan said he wanted to use IFTA's voice to speak out against what he views as a threat to the livelihood of thousands of industry professionals.

"[The DSM] is patently something that will destroy the independent film business if they pass it into law," the incoming chairman said.

"We already have the ability to download and take our favourite programmes with us. We don't need legislation from the European Union allowing it to be broadcast all over the place and deal a death blow to the independent film business."

European Commission (EU) chiefs say their proposal to turn 28 national markets within the EU into a single one would create a seamless marketplace and could boost GDP across those countries by up to $300m a year.

Yet Ryan and critics of the policy say the end to geo-blocking would have a catastrophic impact on the film business and in particular the traditional film financing structure and the pre-sales mechanism that drives it.

"[Imagine] if I go to Gaumont and say 'Here's the rights but I can't protect you and the rest of the Europe because there's a rule issued by the EU that says you cannot have borders and I have also sold it to Germany and they're releasing it before you,'" said Ryan.

"'I know you have paid euro1m and it will be all over the place before you get the chance to get it out.' Nobody buys it then. …

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