The European Audiovisual Observatory began life as a response to the realisation that Europe badly needed clear and reliable information on the rich mosaic of European film and television production. The Observatory was set up in 1992 in Strasbourg, and attached to the Council of Europe at the initiative of then Strasbourg mayor Catherine Trautmann. The Observatory works to this day as a clearing house for information on the film, television and video on demand industries Europe. The economic and legal information it provides has adapted to new technology as on-demand and streaming services transform the audiovisual landscape in Europe. It is housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau building – the Villa Schutzenberger – close to the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg.