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David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam sees EU digital strategy shift

Lord Puttnam sees EU digital strategy shift

01 April, 2015

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Labour Lord and former film producer David Puttnam is hopeful that controversial EU plans to introduce a Digital Single Market will not include the outlawing of geo-blocking, as feared by many in the creative industries.

Speaking to ScreenDaily in his capacity as president of the Film Distributors’ Association, Lord Puttnam yesterday said that cultural lobbying groups could still have a significant impact on policy.

“The Commission will be driven towards the cultural diversity aspect by Francoise Hollande and Angela Merkel, because the film groups around both of those leaders are quite powerful,” said the Oscar-winningChariots of Fire producer.

Puttnam cited an interview with EU digital commissioner Gunther Oettinger in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Monday (March 30) as evidence of a softening approach.