• Protest The independent cinema, against the Audiovisual Law: "The Government can leave us touched to death"

  • Culture United We can go to the opposition of the Audiovisual Law after the protest of the independent cinema

More than 350 film and television creators and workers, including

Pedro Almodóvar, Paco León, Icíar Bollaín and Antonio Resines,

have signed a manifesto against the Audiovisual Law that is voted on in Congress with the name of independent producer introduced by the PSOE that it

means

"the

death sentence

for the Spanish audiovisual industry as we know it

".

The text released, on the eve of the vote, stresses that it is not defending any "

ideological issue"

but rather "basic rights", since with the technical change introduced at the last minute by the socialist group in an amendment

"it will be possible that the televisions

or any other operator can produce content that counts as compliance with the obligation dedicated to independent producers".

"This modification promotes a greater concentration of the industry, around the current duopoly (Grupo Atresmedia and Mediaset España) and the large multinational platforms, and

moves away from the European vision that seeks to guarantee cultural diversity,

promoting the existence of a business fabric independently, regulating the audiovisual ecosystem", they lament.

The manifesto also has the signatures of Álex de la Iglesia, Gerardo Herrero, Maribel Verdú, Elvira Lindo, Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Carolina Bang, Carla Simon, Clara Roquet, Daniel Monzón, Jonás and David Trueba, Isaki Lacuesta, Gerardo Herrero, Isabel Coixet , Javier Fesser, Antonio De La Torre, Leticia Dolera, Santiago Segura, Paz Vega, Benito Zambrano, Fernando Colomo, Agustín Almodóvar or Eduardo Casanova.

According to these filmmakers and workers in the audiovisual sector, the legal obligation that TV stations have to invest 5% of their income in independent production would cease to serve "to

protect cultural diversity

and guarantee the generational renewal of creatives, technicians and actors." , and "turns into independent producers those who, by nature, are not".

They also remember that communication service providers (televisions and platforms) have, in addition to the windows in which the content is displayed,

the platforms on which they are advertised

.

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  • Pedro Almodovar

  • PSOE

  • Congress of Deputies

  • Anthony Resines

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