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Danish Producers Sound The Alarm Over Dispute With Streamers Costing Entertainment Industry an Estimated $200 Million

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Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent The Danes may have surpassed the French in clashing with streamers. The Danish Producers’ Association and Create Denmark, the guild representing writers, actors and directors, among others, have been involved in a bitter dispute over fees and rights with local and global streaming services including Netflix and Viaplay since January.

While Viaplay signed a temporary agreement over the summer which is valid through December, other services, including Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and Amazon Prime have fully stopped the development or production of Danish content since January.

The estimated loss of revenue for the country is approximately $200 million, according to Lene Børglum, a leading producer in Denmark whose credits includes Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” and “Copenhagen Cowboy” which Netflix had ordered way before the start of the dispute.

The series world premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Netflix admitted it had to stop Danish commissions back in June with a statement which said, ‘It is with a heavy heart that we write to tell you that from today, we cannot order or develop new Danish films or series until further notice, due to challenges we have faced in clearing rights with the Danish unions.” Netflix has had its own share of civilized clashes with French guilds over windowing which is currently set at 15 months after the theatrical release.

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