Colombian Content material Producers Underneath Siege (EXCLUSIVE)

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Colombia’s leisure business is up in arms over a authorities decree which has diminished the 70% nationwide manufacturing quota for primetime TV to 20% as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

Its beleaguered producers, actors, screenwriters, crew members and ancillary providers will face even larger challenges if demand for homegrown productions start to fall. Impartial producers org Asocinde, led by CMO producer-VP Ana Piñeres, despatched an attraction to the federal government whereas actors guild ACA has sued towards the decree.

Some suspect that the TV sector pressured the federal government to cross this ruling in order that they may fill their programming with inexpensive canned imports.

Nevertheless, the 2 main free-to-air channels, RCN and Caracol, which held a duopoly for many years till the institution of a 3rd channel, Canal 1, in 2017, have caught to the unique quotas. Each are prolific producers of nationwide content material and have produced sufficient hours of their 22 years of existence to fill 18 channels with primetime programming for 1.three years, alleges Alexandra Cardona, president of writers’ rights administration group, Redes. Each networks are stated to have stopped manufacturing on 38 exhibits using greater than 4,000 individuals on account of the well being disaster. However they’re anticipated to renew as soon as the restrictions are lifted.

Cardona was collaborating in a Zoom discussion board Could 1 on Colombian Senator Angelica Lozano’s Fb account, which included Piñeres, Mario Mitrotti, head of the Latin American Audiovisual Administrators Alliance; Santiago Cabrera, govt director of the Actors Union; Preciosa Media CEO Claudia Rodriguez and Maria Fernanda Cespedes, govt director of Colombia’s Academy of Movement Footage Arts & Sciences.

The discussion board individuals concluded that Decree 516 was pointless and primarily enacted to assist regional channels and former state-owned Canal 1, now a public-private entity because the entry of personal buyers led by Miami-based Hemisphere Media Group, RTI of Patricio Wills who runs Televisa Studios, and former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria.

In response to those allegations, Canal 1 president Ramiro Avendaño informed Selection: “The non permanent decree and restrictions apply to all channels and will not be meant to profit one channel greater than one other.”

“Within the specific case of Canal 1, we proceed to provide native content material as intensely as ever,” he asserted, including that the channel has put biosecurity measures in place and has elevated its information programming hours in addition to launched new fashionable content material.

Whereas officers insist that the decree is barely a brief measure to regulate to the present suspension of all productions, the leisure sector fears that the brand new quota may keep in place even after the stay-at-home restrictions and different measures are lifted. Actors stand to lose out on royalties, which they fought for many years to amass.

“It’s absurd that none of us had been consulted,” declared Mitrotti, who identified that Colombia is the third largest producer and distributor of telenovelas on the earth. “Colombia’s movie and TV industries are highly effective forces to reckon with,” he added.

The nation’s unemployment price has risen from 10.eight in March 2019 to 12.6 a yr later, Cardona contends, with the majority of the unemployed coming from the leisure sector and its ancillary providers.

Sylvia Constain, the Minister of Info and Communication Applied sciences, responded to Piñeres’ attraction on April 30, reassuring her that the decree didn’t ban networks from broadcasting extra nationwide content material than the 20% quota stipulated nor “stop every channel from selecting and designing the content material it broadcasts.”

“The decree merely acknowledges that it’s unimaginable to generate content material in the course of the pandemic the place social isolation is significant to guard life,” she wrote.

It’s unclear why Constain abruptly resigned final week.

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