Writers & Directors Worldwide has officially announced its support for the creators of the 1984 film This is Spinal Tap and their “Fairness Rocks” campaign for fair remuneration. This resolution was passed by a vote at the organisation’s annual congress in Venice following a keynote speech by Harry Shearer; renowned actor, director, screenwriter, and co-creator of this cult-classic film.
This campaign highlights many themes that are unfortunately all too familiar to audiovisual creators across the globe. It can be distilled to a simple concept: the creators at the very heart of a project must receive a fair share in the success of their work.
The provision of a legislative framework that prevents this is the only way to ensure that audiovisual creators are treated equitably. In doing so, it stimulates the creation of new work and drives the economic contribution of the entire audiovisual sector. The full text of this resolution follows.