Croatian production industry reacts to telecom and streaming taxes


Christopher Peter Marcich

Croatia is looking to become a hub for funded “premium series” through the introduction of taxes on telecom operators and streamers operating in the country.

The Electronic Media Act in Croatia and the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) provide that cable operators supported by telecom operators pay 10% of their annual gross revenue to the works of Croatian independent producers.

Like many other countries in Europe, including Poland, Denmark and France, Croatia has also introduced a tax on global streamers operating in the country in a bid to support local content.

Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Croatian Minister of Culture and Media, told delegates here at the NEM Dubrovnik that the new legislative regulations will help support creativity across the region.

“On-demand media service providers, which target Croatia, now have the obligation to contribute 2% of their annual gross income to the implementation of national programming for audiovisual creation and to invest 2% directly , either in production or in acquisition. of audiovisual works by Croatian independent producers,” she explained.

In a later panel exploring the ramifications of the new law, Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) CEO Christopher Peter Marcich said the ambition was to offer additional support to producers to fuel local productions that might travel.

“The plan is to support the series and the idea is to offer concrete support, through letters of interest that will allow producers to then move forward with their projects and find the rest of the financing for make premium series.”


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