FIA newsletter October 2017

FIA – newsletter October 2017

Newsletter #11 – October 2017

Dear friends,I am pleased to open our new edition of the FIA e-newsletter with good news for Hungary’s dubbing sector: for the first time, royalties will now be distributed to Hungarian dubbing actors. FIA happily welcomes this important breakthrough. On a less positive note, I invite you to read an article about the contested Labour Law reforms and the attacks on workers’ rights in France. Thank you to the SFA (Syndicat français des artistes-interprètes – France’s performers’ union) for this important update.

Our other articles will provide you with an update on recent FIA activities and meetings, including the latest EuroFIA meeting held in Warsaw at the end of September and the “Dance Passport” meeting held that same week. Also featured is a report on the WIPO regional meeting held in Moscow in September on the status of ratification of the Beijing Treaty.

It is with regret that I must conclude this e-newsletter with sad news from the U.K: the FIA community mourns the passing of Peter Plouviez, an inspiring trade union leader, past FIA vice-president, and a loyal friend who will be sorely missed.

In solidarity,

Ferne Downey,
FIA President



Breakthrough for the dubbing sector in Hungary: royalties distributed to dubbing actors for the first time

For many performers, as FIA members know all too well, the consent given to the incorporation of their performance into an audiovisual fixation frequently entails transferring most or all intellectual property rights to the producer in return for an upfront, flat and final payment. In Hungary, at present, there are at least four noteworthy statutory exceptions to this practice, generating additional revenue for performers: for repeat broadcasts (of a fixation made by and for a broadcasting organisation); for private copying levies; for simultaneous cable retransmission; and for lending and rental.



Contested Labour Law Reforms and Attacks on Workers’ Rights in France

Last month, thousands of protesters marched in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s contested labour law reforms and their dramatic consequences for workers’ rights. We asked Denys Fouqueray from SFA, the French performers’ Union (and FIA Vice-President), to tell us about the current situation. On the 23rd of September 2017, the President directly enacted a certain number of measures, radically changing the spirit of the French Labour Code, with no democratic debate within the Parliament.




Meeting Report from the EuroFIA Group in Warsaw, 27-28th September 2017

The EuroFIA group met for the second time this year in Warsaw, Poland, hosted by Polish affiliates ZASP and ZZAP, who extended a warm welcome to the group. Anna-Katrine Olsen, General Secretary of DSF, was elected to chair the meeting as EuroFIA coordinator. After attending to some statutory business, discussions got off to a lively start with a panel on Freedom of Artistic Expression.


FIA Warmly Welcomes the new Council of Europe Recommendation on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Sector

An inter-governmental organisation set up in 1949, the Council of Europe works to promote democracy and human rights continent-wide. It also develops common responses to social, cultural and legal challenges in its 47 member states. FIA is recognised by the Council of Europe as an International Non-Governmental Organisation with observer status. As such, FIA is a member of the Council of INGOs, the civil society pillar at the Council of Europe.


Report from the Dance Passport Meeting

The Dance Passport Meeting took place on September 26th, in Warsaw, Poland. This meeting was organised within the framework of our European Project ‘Dance Futures: Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector”; project that has the double aim of driving forward the establishment of three transition schemes for dancers in Belgium, Hungary and Spain; and of resurrecting and modernising the EuroFIA Dance Passport to ensure that it becomes an effective, accessible, modern scheme, which can be a reliable and ready source of support to dancers in the context of mobility.


The WIPO Beijing treaty ratification: past the turning point!

The WIPO Beijing Treaty must be ratified or acceded by at least 30 countries in order to enter into force and become a binding legal instrument, setting a new international standard for the protection of audiovisual performances. FIA has campaigned since the conclusion of this historical new instrument in 2012 to raise awareness about the treaty, advising countries with respect to future benefits for audiovisual performers and how to exploit the flexibility built into the treaty’s main provisions to ensure that new intellectual property protection also deliver tangible benefits to them.



FIA Mourns the loss of Peter Plouviez

It is with great sadness that the International Federation of Actors (FIA) announces the passing of Peter Plouviez, General Secretary of Equity, UK, from 1974 to 1991 and one of the most respected pillars of our federation, which he undertook to skilfully inspire – as a Vice-president – for many years. Portrayed once by Variety in 1991 “probably Britain’s best known and most quoted showbiz union official“, Peter was a very dependable trade unionist and a dear friend to us all.

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FIA Executive Committee meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, 26-27 October

The Executive Committee of FIA will be holding its annual meeting on the 26th and 27th of October in Zagreb, Croatia. The event will be preceded by a FIA Presidium meeting on 24th of October, and followed by several thematic meetings (IP Working group, English speaking group).



Steering Meeting: Joint FIA-LA and UNI-MEI / Panartes Projects in Latin America, 6-10 November in Buenos-Aires 

A small group of FIA and UNI-MEI/ Panartes delegates will meet in Buenos-Aires, Argentina (8-9 Nov.), in order to prepare the launch of their new joint activities in Latin-America, sponsored by Union to Union. The new 2018-2022 Project cycle will focus on organising new and young workers, promoting gender equality, and offering targeted capacity building workshops and trainings.



Career Management for Skills Development – 2nd Thematic Workshop of Creative Skills Europe

The second thematic workshop of the Creative Skills Europe project will take place on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December at the BRONKS Theatre in Brussels, Belgium. This is a European social partner project across the Live Performance and Audiovisual Sector.



FIA-LA Meeting, hosted by SAG-AFTRA in Miami, 4-6 December 

Delegates from FIA-LA, the Latin American group of FIA, will gather in Miami for a regional meeting to discuss issues of common interest, with a special focus on Diversity, in presence of SAG-AFTRA trainers and experts.



Plenary Session of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Live Performance, 15th December 

The annual plenary session of the sectoral social dialogue committee on Live Performance will take place on the 15th of December, 2017 in Brussels. This meeting brings together the  European social partners in the Live Performance sector, namely Pearle* for the employers’ delegation and FIA, FIM and UNI-MEI for the trade unions.