Lord Puttnam Urges Continued Investment in UK Distribution to Build Film Audiences
In a keynote speech to the UK film industry on Tuesday, Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate CBE and President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), stressed the importance of continued support and public investment in UK film distribution in order to allow UK cinema admissions and box-office to continue to flourish.
The FDA Yearbook 2012 reveals latest statistics on film and cinema audiences and in a year in which record investments powered UK box-offices, calls for further support and sustained funding and improved copyright enforcement were made.
In announcing publication of the FDA Yearbook 2012, the release of a new cinema trailer highlighting British achievement in film as part of the GREAT campaign for 2012, and an approach to copyright to support investors and creators, Lord Puttnam said:
“The FDA Yearbook is packed with evidence and comment on an outstanding, modern, success story: a copyright-based business sector – in this case, film distribution – which delivers significant economic, social and cultural benefits to Britain and the wider world.”
“The key to the digital future – or rather, the present – lies in forging new models, creating and sustaining new relationships with audiences. Here in Britain, we want our creative industries to remain at the forefront of the digital economy. A vital step for the technology sector is to signpost legitimate search options far more clearly and to delete links to sites that promote illegally sourced content. If the UK is to get a new Digital Copyright Exchange emerging from the Hargreaves and Hooper reviews, I hope the Government will ensure that it focuses solely on information to assist licensors and licensees to link up, rather than attempting to reinvent the wheel that is commercial trading.”
Lord Puttnam also called for a new public information campaign, once the various government-backed reviews of aspects of copyright have run their course, to illustrate the role of copyright in enabling the creative industries to develop, attract jobs and investment, and deliver valuable experiences to audiences. 10% of national exports from the UK are derived from the creative industries so naturally protecting intellectual property should be a key issue.
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