The Danish government and all parliamentary parties have reached an agreement on the national Media Policy for the coming four years that secures more funding for the local film and television industries via TV licence fee revenues and promotes greater collaboration between the private and public sector.
The key points of new Media Agreement 2015-2018 are the following:
- DR and TV2 will each contribute DKK65 million per year to the Danish film production sector (against DKK 60 million in the current Media Agreement). The sums will be adjusted to consumer price index.
- The Danish Film Institute (DFI) will continue to receive DKK 25 million per year from TV licence revenues to support film production. The institute will also receive a lump sum of DKK30.4 million from excess TV licence fees.
- The annual budget for the DFI-administered Public Service Fund will be raised from the current DKK 25 million to DKK 35 million for the four year period and an extra DKK30 million from excess licence fees for 2013-2014 will be injected, bringing the total budget to DKK 170 million . Out of this overall budget DKK2.5 million will be earmarked to TV productions made in collaboration with regional film funds.
- Guidelines for the Public Service Fund will be slightly modified to improve support to children and youth programmes and provide for Danish content on VOD.
- DR will commit to outsourced projects from independent companies for an estimated value of DKK300 million per year, up DKK 50 million from the current Agreement. DR’s commitment to independent producers should also include online educational games for children.
The Media Agreement 2015-2018 was welcomed positively by all parties concerned such as the Danish Producers Association, TV2, DR and the DFI. The next major political paper to be approved in Denmark this autumn is the new Film Agreement for 2015-2018.
For further detail on the Danish Media Agreement 2015-2018, check: www.kum.dk