media regulation

Understand, track and monitor the changing face of media regulation with Cullen International. Derived from trusted sources, our expert analysis and benchmarks help organisations across Europe and the Americas stay informed on the latest developments and act with confidence in a fast-moving environment.

general topics covered

(Social) media platforms

The rise of platforms and services like YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and Facebook has created a host of new challenges for regulators, government and industry. We help you stay informed on the latest developments, understand the context of different national and international reforms, and grasp their implications.

  • The EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive
  • Video sharing platforms
  • Pay TV platforms
  • Social media platforms
  • Music streaming websites
Public policy objectives

Get a global perspective on how public policy objectives are translated into regulation with our independent Media intelligence service. Understand the agenda, track and compare different national regimes, and anticipate change. Topics covered include:

  • Media pluralism
  • Fake news
  • Media literacy
  • Protecting minors
  • Must carry and findability
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Quotas
  • Impartiality
  • Subtitling, audio description, sign language
Funding the creative industries

A more diverse media landscape is driving new and more complex forms of funding and investment. We provide expert intelligence and insight on the regulatory opportunities, risk factors and barriers to growth for the content and communications industries and policy makers in the 21st century, covering topics such as:

  • Special taxes
  • Advertising, sponsorship, product placement
  • Copyright
Media distribution

Get access to structured information on rules on content acquisition and media distribution in different territories, as well as unbiased intelligence on the competition issues arising from premium content and exclusivity arrangements. Topics covered include:

  • Premium content
  • Sports rights
  • Media chronology

geographical coverage

Americas (Data sheet)
Europe (Data sheet)

We’re trusted across the globe for our wide-ranging expertise in media regulation. See our datasheets for more information on our services’ geographical coverage, including the full list of countries, organisations, and topics we report on.

latest intelligence

Disney/Fox in Chile – Disney agrees to pay for breaching a merger commitment
09 June 21 Carlos Castellanos

Following a settlement with the National Economic Prosecutor, the Walt Disney Company will pay US$0.24m for not correctly informing all pay TV channels in Chile of the behavioural commitments that it gave to obtain conditional clearance for the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

European Commission guidance on article 17 of Directive on Copyright and the Digital Single Market (value gap)
08 June 21 Michele Ledger

The Commission issued its long awaited guidance on the famous article 17 of the Directive on the Digital Single Market. The 26 page-long guidance was published just three days before the implementation deadline of the directive.

Digital Services Act proposal - Comparison between draft reports/opinions published in committees of European Parliament
08 June 21 Laura Sboarina

This report analyses the draft report of the rapporteur in the lead EP committee and compares it with draft opinions that have so far been published by opinion giving committees.

Digital Services Act - European Parliament non-lead committee discuss amendments
03 June 21 Jerome Dheur

The rapporteur's amendments mainly aim to phase out targeted/behavioural advertising, to make automated content moderation and filtering tools non-mandatory, to give users control over recommender algorithms and to allow public authorities to impose specific measures on platforms instead of applying self-/co-regulation.

Digital Services Act - Academics make recommendations to European Parliament lead committee
31 May 21 Laura Sboarina

The most interesting recommendations are: to clarify the scope of the proposal, fine-tune the obligations for marketplaces and strengthen the rules on online advertising.

Amazon strikes deal to buy MGM Studios for USD 8.45bn
28 May 21 Laura Sboarina

The acquisition of MGM will put Amazon in control of the MGM brand, its film properties, and film production business, all of which are foreseen to add strength to Amazon’s Prime Video offerings as it competes against Netflix and Disney+ for streaming audiences.

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