The growing audio-visual and media sector
The audio-visual and media sector in Brussels is a vibrant ecosystem, buzzing with new ideas, projects and achievements. Part of the ecosystem is an audio-visual and media cluster of over 400 companies, consisting of media content production companies, studios, post-production facilities, equipment and technical transmission providers. Employing over 25.000 people in Brussels, the audio-visual and media sector generates 6% of the capital’s economy and has an annual average growth of 2.53% (VUB, ULB).
How can Brussels help you?
The entire media and audio-visual ecosystem is supported by the Brussels Capital Region. Thanks to our long experience with the sector, we know what companies need and want in order to achieve their ambitions, helping encourage further growth in the sector. This support takes many forms, including screen.brussels, mediapark.brussels, financial benefits and a flexible broadcasting regulator.
screen.brussels has brought together all the support services the audio-visual sector needs via its four divisions: cluster (business support), fund (content funding), business (company funding) and film commission (logistic support).
Brussels is also strongly supporting the media and audio-visual sector with the ambitious mediapark.brussels project that will turn the Reyers site into a regenerated district that is focused on the media and creative industries. The site, a 400,000m2 park on the site of the national TV stations (RTBF-VRT), will include new buildings for both the VRT and RTBF, 30,000m2 of office and workspace for media companies, residential housing for 6,000 new inhabitants, academic institutions, sports and leisure facilities and retail outlets. 5,000 people already work in the audio-visual sector on the site. Construction has already started and is planned to last until 2035.
Brussels also has a number of financial benefits for the audio-visual sector, including a tax shelter for producers, cultural/regional funds and other financial instruments. In 2017, 556 productions received €154 million from the tax shelter and regional gave another €3 million to productions in Brussels (screen.brussels).
The regulator: BIPT
Plus, BIPT, the regulator for international broadcasters not
exclusively linked to one language community (French, Dutch or German),
has transposed the AVMS Directive with only minor changes regarding
advertising to children. They also recommend federal law requirements
are never stricter than the AVMS Directive. Within the restrictions of
the AVMS Directive BIPT is flexible and open to new ideas and
Find out how Brussels can help you realise your future ambitions. Contact us.