Record #243

Date:
15/01/1925
Record Type:
Report
Reel:
Reel 2
Frame Start:
2-0824
Frame End:
2-0825
Legacy ID:
243
Legacy Year:
1925
Legacy Index:
Meetings - MPPDA Foreign Managers

Report of the sub-committee of Foreign Managers.

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MEETING - FOREIGN MANAGERS. 1925. Report of the Sub-Committee as appointed by Mr hays, which met at Mr Shauer's Office on January 15, 1925. I. The Sub-committee of Foreign Managers, consisting of Mr. Shauer of Famous, Mr. Brock of First National, Mr. Manheim of Universal, Mr. Abel of Fox, Mr. Smith and Mr. Herron of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc., met and recommended - (a) that a man be sent to Europe as a representative of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc., to make observations and proceed as his judgment warrants as he goes along; (b) that for political reasons he establish his office at Brussels, Belgium, and radiate from this point. II. The primary purposes of this representative will be - (1) to keep the member companies of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., in contact with current legislation throughout Europe affecting the American picture industry; (2) to immediately endeavor through proper channels to bring about a satisfactory tariff legislation in Germany in lieu of the present system in force there; (3) to immediately investigate the new legislation just adopted by the French government relative to the use of non-inflammable stock; (4) to carry out such further instructions as may be sent to him from time to time from this New York office; (5) to be particularly on the look-out for pirated prints of American pictures and make every effort to recover such prints or enjoin their exhibition; (6) to keep the member companies of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc., fully informed of any developments throughout any of the European countries that may in any manner, shape of form affect the motion picture business in this country or abroad. III. It was suggested that the sum of $25,000.00 be raised from the different member companies to finance this undertaking for the first six months, at the end of which period results can be analyzed and, with this experience at hand, a definite financial budget provided for subsequent operation, this sum of $25,000.00 to be apportioned among the various members as directed by the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc.; that at the end of this six months' period further definite recommendations be made to the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc., with respect to further work to be undertaken by this representative on a definite financial plan; that the territory to be embraced under the direction of this office shall for the time being be confined to only such countries as can conveniently be kept in contact with one representative situated in Brussels, namely, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Central Europe. This, of course, does not mean that information originating from other countries and reaching the European office would not be forwarded as quickly as possible. IV. Mr. Hays shall select the proper official to take charge of this work, it being recommended (a) that this official should be sent over just as soon as possible; (b) that the Board of Directors for the Foreign Office shall be for all practical purposes the foreign managers of our member companies, who will have the power to discuss and decide with the advice and consent of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America; Inc., all matters pertaining to European affairs; (c) that the general Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc., will be asked to pass a resolution authorizing the Board of Directors for the Foreign Office to accept or give any suggestions. - oOo - [PRELIMINARY NOTES FOR ABOVE MEETING OF FOREIGN MANAGERS, 01-15-1925] 1. FORM OF ORGANIZATION Believe it is the consensus of opinion of all foreign managers, that no separate organization should be formed, but that a representative of the American Hays Organization be placed in Europe to open an office to be known as the European Branch of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc. 2. LOCATION OF OFFICEF or political reasons, it may be most practical to maintain headquarters of the European office at Brussels, so that easy contact may be effected with the Dawes' Commission representative. 3. SCOPE OF WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN A - The primary purpose of the European representative, is of course, to keep American film companies, associated with the Hays Organization, thru the Hays N.Y. office in contact with current legislation thruout Europe affecting the American Picture Industry. This work should embrace all information that will be of value to American Producers and Distributors and the industry as a whole. B - To immediately endeavour, thru proper channels, to bring about satisfactory tariff legislation in Germany in lieu of the present "contingent [?unclear] system." C - To immediately investigate the new legislation just adopted by the French Government [ . . . ]. .......... F - To be particularly on the look-out for pirated prints of American pictures and make every effort to recover such prints or enjoin their exhibition thru the medium of the various American Consuls abroad. 4. PERSONNEL Realizing the political importance to be attached to a representative of this kind abroad, it is hoped that a man qualified and experienced in diplomatic matters as well as the film business, can be obtained to carry out this mission. Such a man could surround himself with the necessary assistants and an office staff to properly carry out the functions of the office. 5. FINANCE [ . . . ]

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