ABOUT US

 

CEPI founded as the European Coordination of Independent Producers in 1990 to organise and represent the interests of independent cinema and television producers in Europe. In 2018, CEPI relaunched itself as European Audiovisual Production and today is the only European Association including independent television and film producers, representing approximately 8000 independent production companies in Europe.

 

Our members create a wide range of diverse film and television content, from standalone documentaries and special event programming, to game shows, animation, light entertainment and high-cost drama series. CEPI members are creating some of the most innovative, popular, and challenging film and television content in Europe. Together, our members supply over 16.000 hours of new programming each year to broadcasters in Europe.

 

The producer is central to the creation of a film or television programme from beginning to end and therefore plays a crucial role in the audiovisual value chain. CEPI exists to articulate the interests of independent producers and ensure that all relevant stakeholders at the national and European level are engaged in and committed to fostering a strong, independent film and television production sector.

Learn more about the role of independent producers in our video

What does an independent producer do?

The producer is a creative entrepreneur in charge of:

  • Create a film or TV programme from beginning to end, from conception through development, shooting and delivery

  • Invest and manage the “research and development” work which leads to the creation and development of the concept of the film and TV content

  • Source funding, calculate and manage the budget ensuring it is not exceeded, which very often becomes a risky process

  • Resolve all questions concerning copyright and licensing

  • Select and/or approve scripts as well as possible directors, co-producers, casting directors and other artistic talent

  • Negotiate contracts and ensure fair remuneration for all who contribute to the production

  • Act as the primary point of contact for the broadcaster

  • Supervise shooting and editing

 

Our Manifesto

Check our manifesto to learn more about what we stand for!

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Our Brochure

Check the brochure of CEPI to get a snapshot of the role of the only European Association of independent TV & film producers.

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Represent independent television and cinema production on a European scale, protecting its general interests and furthering its development