D&S Media Services is to handle applications for MEDIA programme development and training support after winning the contract to run the Technical Assistance Office (TAO) from Brussels.

D&S co-founder John Dick will oversee main operations from Brussels. The TAO will continue to have an office for television distribution support located in Munich and one for training programmes under Fernando Labrada's supervision in Madrid.

D&S had been responsible for processing the applications for theatrical, video and television distribution under the MEDIA II Programme with offices in Brussels, Munich and Dublin. The office in Dublin, which had handled applications for video and DVD distribution support, will now be closed.