Being a film director isn’t all foreign travel,” willing” ingénues and red carpet glamour. It is all too easy to assume, because a screenwriter or director is in the public eye in an exciting industry, that they are rich. A study by the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) demonstrates the reality. Earlier this year the first results from their joint survey into the working lives and earnings of screenwriters and directors revealed that median earnings of directors are €26,000 after tax for men and €18,234 for women. For screen writers it is €30,000 for men and €27,000 for women. And in contrast to other disciplines, where experience counts, they can expect to hit their “financial peak” at around 50 years of age – incomes dropping sharply after that.
As is shown in our Shocking Facts the income shared by screenwriters and directors of the audio visual marketplace in Europe valued in 2013 at €122 billion is a mere 0.37%! Equivalent calculations made by Fairness Rocks using DGA and WGA data suggests the situation in the USA might not be much better – 0.58% of a US$226 billion market.
These figures show how timely is the launch today (14th May 2018) of a legal study from authors’ body CISAC. The Audiovisual Authors’ Remuneration Study, has been prepared by Spanish film copyright expert and Chair of Intellectual Property at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Professor Raquel Xalabarder. She has produced a thorough exploration of legal regimes worldwide as they impact screenwriters and directors. She outlines a proposal for the introduction, where none exists, of an inalienable and unwaivable remuneration right that is payable to screenwriters and directors for any acts of exploitation of their works, which is negotiated and managed collectively and paid directly by the users. The Fairness Rocks Library contains this study in its complete version as well as a four page summary guide. If this subject interests you, and you want to hear the arguments from the “other side” we suggest you also checkout the short analysis exploding the myths about the impact of such a remuneration right which has been prepared by the SAA .