WIPO: Film Bigger Than Music Industry – Andrew Prodger

In tandem with the vision of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to protect the intellectual rights of the creative industry, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has keyed in into the body to reap the fruits of their labour.

Though the guild has had interaction with WIPO but the AGN is more determined and poised to explore all avenues to be well remunerated for their creativity.
This was the sum total of the interactive session with  Mr. Andrew Prodger, CEO of British Equity Collecting Society (BECS) with stakeholders who came to assist Nigerian actors get remuneration for their creativity and intellectual property.

Speaking at the Lagos office of the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), Prodger who has been working for 20 years in the creative industry and has travelled extensively round the world protecting creating works of performers promised to support the Nigerian creative industry to get what they rightly deserved.

He said: “We are here to share the experience we had elsewhere. All over the world creativity is being exploited. Reason is that creative people are always passionate to create contents. We have worked in Latin America for many years. Where they are 10 years ago is where you are now. 

The creative industry is a very big indudtry. In the United Kingdom, the creative industry contributes 8 per cent of the GDP.
There is currently a draft bill to be debated and it will be looking to benefitting the industry. It is the only way it will thrive. The solutions to the problem you face is found here.

It is important for producers and performers to work together. The film industry in terms of value is bigger than the music industry.

Let us start to build a network so we can lobby government for protection of our work and make a living from it. And our culture and creativity will continue to blossom.”
Representing the President of AGN, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas, former president of AGN, Mr. Ejike Asiegbu thanked Prodger for his intervention. Asiegbu who has been in the industry close to 42 years also shared his experience in terms of his relationship with WIPO when he was president in 2004.

There were also contributions from stakeholders under the auspices of the Bunmi Fawole, General Manager, Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS).
The assistance is also in conjunction with the Spanish CMO for actors to help to overcome actors' challenges in all ways possible.

Andrew Prodger is also representative of Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation; International Association for Performers (actors) all over the world (SCARP/AISGE).

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