News November 7, 2018

Screenrights distributes $42.8 million to members

Screenrights distributes $42.8 million to members

Screen composers, music publishers and radio broadcasters were among those who benefitted from Screenrights distribution of $42.8 million to members during the 2017/8 financial year.

Screenrights, the non-profit member organisation which licenses various uses of screen and radio content, has 4,400 individual members.

Screenrights Acting CEO James Dickinson said that, over the past year, the organisation has also grown the number of titles registered by members to 1.66 million, up a significant 11.4%.

“Screenrights collected over $49.5 million from Screenrights’ education licences in Australia and New Zealand, retransmission licences, licences for copying by government, international collections and collections from the new disbursement service,” Dickinson said.

“All of this has been achieved with a collections to expenses ratio of 15.9%.”

At the association’s AGM in Sydney, Screenrights also pointed out some of its highlights through the year:

  • The accelerated take-up of Screenrights’ educational streaming service, EnhanceTV, with the service now reaching 20% of Australian primary schools.
  • The launch of a new Cultural Fund, which will make available up to $200,000 in 2018/19 for initiatives designed to explore innovative approaches to the creation of screen content for the education sector.
  • A 267% growth in Screenrights’ Disbursements Administration Service, with $2.1 million collected for distribution to filmmakers and investors in 15 film and television projects.

Jonathan Carter, the head of legal, corporate and policy division at APRA AMCOS has joined the Screenrights board, as has Georgina Waite, head of business affairs at the ABC.

They replaced, respectively, Dean Ormston and David Anderson who resigned due to their workloads increasing.

Ormston became CEO of APRA AMCOS and Anderson took over as acting managing director of the ABC.

Re-elected to the Screenrights Board were Kim Dalton OAM, Jack Ford, and chair Jill Bryant.

Bryant acknowledged the contribution of Screenrights’ long-serving chief executive, Simon Lake, who resigned in July after more than 20 years at the helm.

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