France’s Windowing Reform in Deadlock Over SVOD and TV Channels’ Conflicting Interests

France’s Windowing Reform in Deadlock Over SVOD and TV Channels’ Conflicting Interests
French cinema is having a milestone year with Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” and Audrey Diwan’s “Happening” respectively winning Cannes’ Palme d’Or and Venice’s Golden Lion. But away from the awards spotlight, the country’s film and TV groups are at odds with streaming services over how to reform a windowing schedule that will soon expire.

At stake is the distribution of movies financed by studio-backed streaming services, such as Disney and WarnerMedia, as well as a related dispute with Canal Plus, which is leveraging the level of its investment in French movies in order to obtain a reduced four-month window.

The National Film Board (Cnc) had given French film and TV orgs, as well as streamers, until July 1 to reach an agreement on new regulations. The initial plan was to set new release windows that would complement the rules established in the local application of the European
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