The industry will host a workshop in December, to discuss the recommendations contained in a report commissioned by the SABC, the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) looking at legal, regulatory and commission practice changes in the TV sector.

The 3 organisations commissioned Mkhabela Huntley Adekeye Inc and Spoor and Fisher Attorneys to undertake research into legal and commercial practice in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, India and Brazil in relation to television content procurement practices between public broadcasting companies and the independent production sectors, as well as the regulation of intellectual property rights as between public broadcasting companies and the independent production sectors in relation to procured television content.  The report was also to make recommendations concerning the current procurement relationship, in line with best international practice to enable better all parties and their members to better exploit commercial opportunities in regard to independently produced television.

According to the report, there is little doubt that the current laws and practices are not supportive of the creation of a vibrant broadcast ecology and a growing creative sector and this needs to change.

All members of IPO and SASFED are urged to attend the meeting.

For the full report, please click here