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LORD PUTTNAM URGES CONTINUED INVESTMENT
IN UK DISTRIBUTION TO BUILD AUDIENCES FOR FILM
FDA Yearbook 2012 reveals latest statistics on film and cinema audiences
UK box-office powered to record heights by record investment from UK film distributors
New trailer highlights British stars and stories set for release
Call for improved copyright enforcement to capitalise further on industry growth
Sustained funding to support film distribution for UK audiences

LONDON – Tuesday 20 March 2012. In a keynote speech to the UK film industry today Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), stressed the importance of continued support and public investment in UK film distribution during this Olympic year and beyond, to allow UK cinema admissions and box-office to continue to flourish.

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. Intellectual Property is one of the areas in which the UK really flourishes with over 10% of national exports being derived from the creative industries.