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New publication: Ken Loach’s UK/European co-productions – Huw D Jones
Looking for Eric Dr Huw D Jones has published a new article on ‘UK/European Co-productions: The Case of Ken Loach’ in the Journal of British Cinema and Television. The article comes out of the MeCETES project research into European film: Ken Loach stands out as one of the few British directors whose films are regularly co-produced with European partners. Of the nineteen films he has directed since 1990, fourteen have been UK/continental European co-productions.
Book Review: European Cinema and Television: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life
European cinema and TV The MeCETES publication European Cinema and Television: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life (edited by Ib Bondebjerg, Eva Novrup Redvall, and Andrew Higson) has received two positive reviews in the academic press. Jonathan Hardy (University of East London) in Transnational Cinemas writes: “The collection is particularly strong in mapping and illustrating more complex patterns of cultural production, content, circulation and consumption….
New publication: Midsomer Murders in Copenhagen – Eva Novrup Redvall
mmcopenhagen28 Dr Eva Novrup Redvall has published a new article on ‘Midsomer Murders in Copenhagen: the transnational production of Nordic Noir-influenced UK television drama’ in the journal New Review of Film and Television Studies. The article comes out of the MeCETES project research into European television: While the international interest in subtitled Scandi crime series, or ‘Nordic Noir’, is a phenomenon of the 2010s, UK detective series, such as the ‘comfy crime’ drama ...
Conference report: UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing?
IMG_2083 Nathan Townsend reports from the UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing? event, organised by MeCETES and Creative Europe Desk UK at the Regent Street Cinema, London, 13 June 2016. Few conferences have such an unambiguous title, and the programme succeeded in exploring what it says on the tin, albeit with a more diverse range of European input than the headline suggested.
New publication: Transnational Europe – Ib Bondebjerg
palcomms201634-f1 Professor Ib Bondebjerg has published a new article on ‘Transnational Europe: TV-drama, co-production networks and mediated cultural encounters’ in the journal Palgrave Communications. The article, which is available free via open access, comes out of the MeCETES project research into European television: Exploring the structural changes in the production and distribution of European TV-drama since 2000, this article explores the creative potential of European co-production networks to produce popular and often nationally ...
Register: European Screens, 5-7 Sept 2016, York
European Screens: An international conference on film, TV drama and the audiovisual industries in Europe September 5-7, 2016 University of York, UK From films like Ida, The Kings Speech and Intouchables to television dramas like The Bridge, Deutschland ’83 and Downton Abbey, there seems to be a new vitality to the European audiovisual industries. Organised by the HERA-funded project ‘Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens’ (MeCETES), this three-day event brings together academics, policymakers and ...
The Future of Film Funding in Europe
film fund picture Petar Mitric reports on the MEDICI programme, a series of workshops on the future of public film funding in Europe. What is the future of the public film funds in Europe? Are they “a player” or “a piece” within the European film industry? What are they going to look like in ten years? What disrupts their objectives and mission? These are some of the questions the MEDICI programme tackled in a ...
Film distribution event, London, 13 June
Impression MeCETES and Creative Europe Desk UK present: UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing? A one-day event on the changing nature of UK film distribution 12-5pm, Monday 13 June 2016 Regent Street Cinema, London W1B 2UW Film distribution is changing. The traditional windowing model, whereby films open exclusively in cinemas before they are introduced to the home video market, and thereafter on television, is being undermined by new release strategies.
Special issue on Danish TV drama
o-THE-KILLING-facebook The latest volume of the Danish cinema journal Kosmorama a features a special issue on Danish TV drama with contributions from the MeCETES Copenhagen team. Eva Novrup Redvall edits the special issue, together with Jakob Ion Wille and Lynge Stegger Gemzøe, while Signe Sophus Lai and Cecilie Astrupgaard contribute an article on Danish audiences. Other contributors include Jakob Isak Nielsen, Anne Marit Waade and Jakob Ion Wille, Iben Albinus Sabroe, Audun Engelstad ...
Comparing British and German attitudes to European film
British and German kids Over the last six months, Jessica van Roye has been an Intern with the MeCETES team at the University of York. In her second blog post, she compares British and German attitudes towards European film based on the focus groups she helped conduct. Over the last few months I’ve been helping Dr Huw Jones conduct focus groups in the UK and Germany about people’s attitudes to European film.
What makes European films travel?
European box office by market share The question of what makes European film travel is currently high of the agenda for industry professionals and policymakers. Huw D Jones argues the most successful European film exports tend to have elements audiences are already culturally familiar with. At the Cannes Film Festival next month, industry figures are meeting to discuss what makes European films travel.
MeCETES Team Meeting, Pasulo, Italy
Mecetes meeting13 The MeCETES team met for their annual team meeting on April 7-8 in Pasulo, Italy. This will be their final meeting before the end-of-project conference at the University of York in September, 2016. MeCETES Team Meeting, Pasulo, Italy The two-day workshop gave the Brussels, Copenhagen and York teams the chance to discuss their progress over the last six months, present initial findings and plan forthcoming activities, including the end-of-project conference and ...
The challenges of doing audience focus groups
Picture1 Over the last six months, Jessica van Roye has been an intern with the MeCETES team at the University of York. Here, she reflects on the challenges of organising audience focus groups in the UK and Germany. For the MeCETES project we wanted to speak to people in Britain and Germany about their views on European film.
Beyond the Box Office: What European films are most popular on TV, DVD and VOD?
film-on-ipad-and-Iphone While cinema admissions data is publicly available, viewing figures for European films on TV, DVD and VOD is harder to come by. Huw D Jones examines how to overcome this problem. One of the main challenges researching the market for European film is determining what Europeans actually watch. While the European Audiovisual Observatory’s LUMIERE database provides pretty accurate data on cinema admissions across Europe, viewing figures for TV, DVD ...
Conference Report: Promoting cross border circulation
av_conferentie.jpg-copy On March 3-4, 2016, the Dutch Presidency of the European Council organised a major industry conference on ‘Promoting the Cross-border Circulation of European Audiovisual Content’ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tim Raats and Ilse Schooneknaep report. With European audio-visual policy at the crossroads of digitisation and globalisation, the need to re-evaluate current regulation and support mechanisms (including Creative Europe, Digital Single Market, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive) were high on the agenda ...
Tim Raats at Oxford Media Convention
Tim Raats Tim Raats in panel on the future of European television production at Oxford Media Convention On Wednesday 2nd of March, Tim Raats joined a panel on the future of original production in the Digital Single Market at the Oxford Media Convention. This conference, hosted by the left-leaning think tank IPPR attracted over 300 professionals. Secretary of State John Whittingdale, Rona Fairhead (chair of the BBC Trust) and Sir David Clementi ...
The Bridge – Season 3: Perspectives from the UK
bron-s3-rt01 In the last in our special series on the third season of The Bridge, Pei-Sze Chow reports that British enthusiasm for the hit Scandi crime drama shows no sign of abating. At the end of 2015, viewers in the UK were treated to a third season of the bilingual cross-border crime thriller, The Bridge. Showing no signs of dipping in popularity, the series has only grown as a cultural event in ...
Registration for European Screens conference open – 5-7 September, 2016
Eurofilm Registration is now open for the European Screens conference at the University of York, 5-7 September 2016. Following on from our previous successful academic-industry events at the Ostend Film Festival in 2014 and the Danish Film Institute in 2015, the European Screens conference aims to establish a dialogue and exchange ideas on the trends, challenges and ...
The European audio-visual landscape: enabling cultural diversity
Netflix MeCETES Project Leader Andrew Higson on the role film and television drama can play in enabling cultural diversity in Europe. The European audio-visual landscape is a complex space in which a variety of agents jostle for control. Creative control depends, on the one hand, on the creative talent: directors, producers, showrunners, writers. On the other hand, it is circumscribed by the interests of public and private funders, broadcasting executives, commissioners, sales ...
Roderik Smits moderates panel on sales and distribution
Roderik Smits in conversation with sales agents and distributors at the MeCETES industry event at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen on 9 September 2015. On behalf of the MeCETES York team, Roderik Smits will debate the changing nature of the film distribution business at the Film Expo South industry event in Southampton on 4 February 2016. Roderik Smits in conversation with sales agents and distributors at the MeCETES industry event at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen on 9 September 2015. Roderik will be accompanied by Michael Ryan (GFM Films), Mark Vennis (MovieHouse Pictures) and Steve ...
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