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WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN SCREEN DIRECTORS AUTHORSHIP COLLECTING SOCIETY

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ASDACS represents directors – film, television and all audiovisual media directors of works in public release – in collecting the rights and entitlements that arise from the success of their work around the world.

Joining ASDACS is free for all ADG and DEGNZ members. Film and television directors who are not Guild members can also join. Join here.

ASDACS supports its director members and the industry. Find out more.

ASDACS seeks to distribute all the royalties it collects. If you are a member but haven't heard from us lately, we may be trying to find you. If we have collected money for you but have failed to find you or lost contact, you will find your name on the list here.

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REPORT FROM THE ASDACS CHAIR 2017

The last year has been a very successful one for ASDACS. Our thanks to CEO Kingston Anderson and our hard working Executive Officer Debra Jackson (along with assistant Belinda Button) for all they’ve achieved and for the way they have applied themselves selflessly to ASDACS in 2016.

The domestic income (from Screenrights) increased ten fold from $1,782 in 2015 to around $18k in 2016. There has been a 16% increase in copyright royalties from overseas territories with a collection of $1.1m in 2016 compared to $957k in 2015.  Much of this increase is due to contracts with six new collecting society partners signed last year (worth around $65k).

The administration percentage fee has dropped from 22% (2015) to 20% (2016), not including the cultural fee, and, in addition, two new territories have been signed, DASC/Columbia and DHFR/Croatia, with a further 12 in negotiation.

Deb Jackson will represent ASDACS at the CISAC General Assembly in June in Portugal as we continue to work closely with our overseas partners.

In June, we also move to the new ADG/ASDACS office in Ultimo, with better infrastructure and services and better working conditions for our staff. There will be a new website and distribution system rolled out by 2018.

Finally, I want to thank last year’s board, Donald Crombie, Scott Hartford Davis, Kevin Lucas, Tom Zubrycki, Grant Campbell (NZ) and Lauren Hillier for their dedication and diligence.  We welcome Pat Fiske onto the new board with Tom Zubrycki stepping down after three years.

Stephen Wallace, Chair ASDACS

May 2017

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FAIR DEAL

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The Australian Copyright Act was amended in 2005 to recognise directors as copyright owners for the purposes of the statutory retransmission scheme which collects royalties when a free to air television broadcast is retransmitted across a different network. However, directors are not entitled to a share of these royalties if they have not retained their right to receive royalty income in their contracts. ASDACS has drafted a clause you can use in your next contract to reserve these rights, and the ADG or your lawyer can advise you on this.If you have already reserved your right to a share of Australian retransmission income, the ASDACS Voluntary Rightsholder Scheme will allow ASDACS members to claim and receive this income through ASDACS.

Despite past victories which have returned a small stream of retransmission royalty payments, Australian directors continue to face strong opposition for fair pay for their creative work. They often receive no benefit from the growing digital market and have no body of work to derive future incomes from in contrast to directors from other parts of the world including the United Kingdom. A simple amendment to Australia’s Copyright Act so the definition of “maker” of a film specifically refers to directors. As a result, directors will share copyright in films and TV productions with producers.

This change will ensure a sustainable future for directors with improved recognition of their creative contribution in film and television in line with producers, screen writers and composers. This campaign is supported worldwide through the international authors’ body, Writers and Directors Worldwide. Click here for more information on our 'Fair deal for directors' campaign.