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Media Rights and Intellectual Property$
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Richard Haynes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748618804

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618804.001.0001

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Independent television producers and media rights

Independent television producers and media rights

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Media Rights and Intellectual Property

Richard Haynes

Edinburgh University Press

The arrival of digital television across three platforms — terrestrial, satellite and cable — in 1998 augured a new era of broadcasting in the United Kingdom. The UK comes a distant second to the United States in the export of television programmes worldwide, but does dominate the rest of the world in its ability to innovate new programmes that have a resonance with international audiences. The rise of television formats has provided new impetus in the UK television market, and the exploitation of secondary and tertiary rights to these programme ideas has given a welcome fillip to UK distributors. This chapter focuses on independent television producers and media rights. It first explores digital television and global media markets and then discusses state intervention in television rights markets. It also looks at the Independent Television Commission's Programme Review and the Communications Act 2003 in the UK and the rise of television formats.

Keywords:   digital television, United Kingdom, independent television producers, media rights, media markets, Independent Television Commission, Communications Act 2003, television formats, television programmes, United States

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