Following Prime Minister Theresa Mays cabinet reshuffle
earlier this month, Matt Hancock replaced Karen Bradley as
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Hancock, the 39-year-old MP for West Suffolk, was
promoted from his role as Minister for Digital and Culture, a
position hed held since July 2016.
Thrilled to become DCMS Secretary. Such an exciting agenda, so
much to do, and great people. Cant wait to get stuck in, he
Of course, the influence held by the Culture Secretary means
that the entertainment industries will soon come calling, seeking
help and support in a number of vital areas. No surprise then that
Stan McCoy, president and managing director at the Motion Picture
Associations EMEA division, has just jumped in with some advice for
In an open letter published on
Screen Daily, McCoy begins by reminding Hancock that the movie
industry contributes considerable sums to the UK economy.
We are one of the countrys most valuable economic and cultural
assets worth almost 92bn, growing at twice the rate of the economy,
and making a positive contribution to the UKs balance of payments,
Britains status as a center of excellence for the audiovisual
sector in particular is no accident: It results from the hard work
and genius of our creative workforce, complemented by the support
of governments that have guided their policies toward enabling
continued excellence and growth.
McCoy goes on to put anti-piracy initiatives at the very top of
his wishlist and Hancocks to-do list.
A joined-up strategy to curb proliferation of illegal, often
age-inappropriate and malware-laden content online must include
addressing the websites, environments and apps that host and
facilitate piracy, McCoy says.
In addition to hurting one of Britains most important
industries, they are overwhelmingly likely to harm children and
adult consumers through nasty ads, links to adult content with no
age verification, scams, fraud and other unpleasantness.
That McCoy begins with the piracy is dangerous approach is
definitely not a surprise. This Hollywood and wider video industry
is now an open secret. However, it fe...