Distribution
Foreign Collections

Throughout the European Union (and in several other countries) film and television directors are legally recognised as being authors of their work. This right of authorship may give directors an entitlement to receive payment for certain uses of their work – such as cable retransmission, private copying, video rentals.

These payments are administered through the international network of authors’ collecting societies.

Directors UK has concluded agreements with societies in over 20 countries and has collected considerable sums of money on behalf of British film and television directors over the past twenty years.

It is in your interest to register with Directors UK as soon as possible to ensure you receive any payment due to you. Contact the Membership department at membership@directors.uk.com.

See the Rules of Distribution for foreign payments below.

If you have received a foreign payment from Directors UK you can find further information about VAT, EC Sales lists or the codes used on your invoice here.

Directors UK currently has agreements with the following collecting societies: 

COPYDAN Denmark
COPYSWEDE Sweden
DACS Argentina
DILIA Czech Republic
DIRECTORES Mexico
FILMAUTOR Bulgaria
FILMJUS Hungary
KOPIOSTO Finland
LATGA Lithuania
LITA Slovakia
NORWACO Norway
SACD France (dramatic works)
SACD/SCAM Belgium
SCAM France (factual works)
SGAE Spain
SIAE Italy
SPA Portugal
SSA Switzerland (works in the French language)
SUISSIMAGE Switzerland
VDFS Austria
VEVAM Netherlands
VG BILD-KUNST Germany
ZAPA Poland

We also have exchange arrangements with DGA (USA), DRCC (Canada), SDCSI (Ireland) and ASDACS (Australia).

Rules of Distribution (Foreign)

Management Charges

A management fee is deducted from each payment issued. This is currently 15% for payments received from foreign collecting societies.

VAT is charged on the management fee in the case of all payments issued to UK residents and to EU residents who are not themselves registered for VAT.

VAT is not charged on payments issued to residents outside the European Union or where the member is a resident of another EU country and is VAT registered.

An additional charge of £10 + VAT is deducted from all payments issued by cheque where the payment is issued to a UK resident. A receipt for this amount is sent with the payment.

1. MONITORING & PREPARATION OF CLAIMS

(a) CLAIMS

The following CMO’s (Collective Management Organisations) require a claim to be submitted:

  • Suissimage
  • VDFS

(b) CHECKLISTS

The following CMOs issue checklists. Works on the returned list represent the Directors UK ‘claim’.

DILIA Czech Republic
KOPIOSTO Finland
SACD France
SCAM France
SGAE Spain
SIAE Italy
VEVAM Netherlands
FILMJUS Hungary
LATGA-A Lithuania
ZAPA Poland

2. ALLOCATION OF PAYMENTS

(a) Payment allocated by the distributing society

The following societies issue full distribution information (ie. actual amount due per work). 

VG BILD-KUNST Germany
DILIA Czech Republic
SUISSIMAGE Switzerland
FILMJUS Hungary
KOPIOSTO Finland
LATGAA Lithuania
LITA Slovakia
SACD France
SCAM France
SGAE Spain
SIAE Italy
VDFS Austria
VEVAM Netherlands
ZAPA Poland
SSA Switzerland
LATGAA Lithuania

(i) Where individual episodes in a series cannot be identified any payment for the series will be shared between the directors concerned, in proportion to the number of episodes each directed.

(ii) Where the year of production of a series is not known, and it appears on a distribution list for the first time, the first series will be allocated payment. The following year the second series will be allocated payment etc.

b) Allocation of payments by Directors UK

The following societies issue a fixed sum to Directors UK. Allocation of individual payments is at the discretion of Directors UK. 

COPYDAN Denmark
NORWACO Norway
COPYSWEDE Sweden

In the case of money received from these societies the following procedure will be adopted:

  • Every effort will be made to identify British works transmitted on the relevant channels during the period concerned. These will be included in the distribution.

Foreign Distribution Points Scheme

When Directors UK receives a fixed sum, the following points scheme is applied:

10 Points Feature Films
10 Points Mini-Series (One or more parts directed by the same director)
10 Points Single Drama
10 Points Single Documentary
7 Points Drama Series
7 Points Documentary Series
7 Points Animation
7 Points Broken Comedy
7 Points Sit Com
4 Points Drama Soap
4 Points Factual
4 Points Comedy Panel Shows
3 Points Variety
3 Points Performance
2 Points Children’s Pre-School Animation
2 Points Children’s Pre-School
2 Points Lifestyle Entertainment
2 Points Reality
2 Points Short
1 Point Awards Shows
1 Point Games Shows
1 Point Chat Show/Debate

DURATION = 1 point per 5 minutes of transmission time.

The amount due per work will be calculated as follows:

  • Duration Points x Points per Genre = Total Points Allocation.
  • Total received ÷ Total Points Allocation = Points value.
  • Points Allocation x Points Value = Amount due per work.

3. ADMINISTRATION

(a) All claims must be prepared in accordance with the requirement of the distributing society and submitted on time.

(b) All checklists must be prepared in accordance with the requirement of the distributing society and submitted on time.

(c) Every effort must be made to ensure that information contained in claims and on checklists is accurate and complete.

(d) Where appropriate, information must be submitted using CISAC standard formats.

(e) Claims can only be made in respect of works that are on the Directors UK database.

(f) Directors UK staff will use best endeavours to obtain information on works which are included on checklists and/or claims but which have not been registered on the Directors UK database. If the necessary information cannot be found for a qualifying work by the date due for the submission of information to the distributing society, the work will be removed from the claim.