JÉRÔME DECHESNE (FR)
Following studies in business law and political sciences at the University of Paris Panthéon Assas, Jérôme Dechesne obtained a specialisation in media law through a Master course at the University of Aix-en-Provence in 2000. He began his career as an Associate at the Société Générale Investment Banking Media & Telecom sector (2001-2003), before joining the French Austhors Society (SACD) for a ten years’ period (2004-2013). In SADC, he created a cluster on Studies and Perspectives, he created different transversal projects and assumed direction of the Audiovisual until 2013. In 2014, he joined the Society of Graphic and Plastic Arts’ Authors (ADAGP) as Secretary-General. In August 2015, he took up his current role as Assistant Delegate General at the French Union for Audiovisual Production (USPA).
SØREN HENRIK JØRGENSEN (DK)
Søren has been the Chief Legal Adviser at the Danish Producers' Association since 2008. Søren advises members particularly on labour and rights issues and has in recent years worked intensely on negotiating with TV stations and authors organisations on contracts and rights transferral in the media world. Not only on TV productions but also on feature films, documentaries, commercials and games.
Before Søren joined the Producers' Association, he has worked the Danish Working Environment Authority, the Theater Council and at the Danish Film Institute.
CHIARA SBARIGIA (IT)
General Manager of the Associazione Produttori Audiovisivi (APA), Chiara Sbarigia is an Italian Literature graduate at the University of Rome La Sapienza and in 1994 started working for APT (Associazione Produttori Televisivi), presently APA. A showbiz expert, she manages institutional affairs (local, domestic, and European), relations with broadcasters and regulatory authorities; oversees the Association’s activities in regard to general and audiovisual legislation; supervises ordinary management; coordinates the consultancy activities; supervises the preparation of the Association’s financial statements and assists the Treasurer on banking investments, as well as the activity of TV industry copyright sharing, in compliance with the regulatory provisions. She is one of the APA representatives at the union negotiation table on CCNL Troupes. She is also the operational Director of MIA|Mercato Internazionale dell’Audiovisivo and a member of the European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI), together with Vice President Mauri. Furthermore, she is a Councilor for AsForCinema and Commissioner for the TV Serial Fiction Writing Master . She represents APA at the
National Coordination of Film Commissions, and with the competent regional offices for local audiovisual activities.
MAX RUMNEY (UK)
Max is a solicitor specialising in television and film law. He trained at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff in London and qualified into the Media/IP department. From there in 2000 he went to Carlton TV Productions as a senior business affairs executive. In January 2004, he founded the business affairs function at Anglo US producer September Films which was acquired by DCD Media plc. DCD promoted him Group head of business affairs. In June 2014, Max was appointed Director of Legal, Business Affairs and Industrial Relations for PACT, the trade body for UK Independent TV and Film producers. In December 2015, he was appointed deputy to the CEO of Pact. He is responsible for overseeing the negotiation of terms of trade with UK Public Service Broadcasters as well as collective agreements with TV and Film Talent and Labour Unions/Guilds. He is a director of the Joint Industries Grading Scheme for TV and Film. He represents Pact on the board of Agicoa (retransmission royalties for independent producers), the Albert Project (environmental sustainability) and legal committee of Project Diamond (Diversity in TV Production).
DR. WERNER MÜLLER (AT)
A Doctor of Law, Werner Müller has been active in the Chamber of Commerce Austria representing Film and Music Austria (FAMA) in the Industrial Division since 1983.
FAMA is the legal association of Austrian film and music producers, distributors and music industry which represents over 5000 members ranging from producers to distributors, recording studios, music labels and publishers.
Müller has held the office of CEO at FAMA since 2004. Müller was Chair of CEPI from 2011 to 2015. As well as his CEPI Board role, he currently sits on the Board of European Associations FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association) and FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors Associations).
MARIO MAURI (IT)
Mario is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Paypermoon Italy Srl., as well as treasurer of Television Producers. He has a degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and has since 1990 been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the British private equity fund Cambria Ltd. In 2001 he created the production company Paypermoon Italy Srl., which made its debut in the television market in 2002 with an social information campaign. Paypermoon has since asserted itself with high-quality series primarily broadcast by RAI. The main products for the network's flagship titles are “Mammamia!”, “Raccontami” – Chapters I and II, “Questo nostro amore” and “Questo nostro amore 70.”
FILIP BOBINSKI (CZ)
Filip is a Czech TV producer. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Production from FAMU (University-Film school in Prague). Over the last 13 years he has co-developed and produced more than 200 hours of prime time TV fiction series within its company Dramedy Productions. In 2004 Dramedy was the first independent producer in the country to produce a TV series with the major commercial broadcaster Nova. Dramedy also produced 3 seasons of prime time series Horakovi and 5 seasons of retroseries Vypravej (Wonderful Times) from 2008 until 2013 for public Czech TV. Wonderful Times was awarded Series of the year and Golden Nymph 2011 at Monte Carlo TV Festival for outstanding European producer. Dramedy also has in production The Manor House aka Prvni Republika series from 2013 until now; a period family saga with murder mystery set in the 20’s.
Board co-opt Members
SUSANA GATO (PT)
Co-Opted Board Member
Susana Gato is a lawyer who developed a special interest for the protection of artistic
content, first in the area of music and, later, on television. She specialized in the
negotiation of Contracts and Protocols, contacting with the various public and private entities that operate in the audiovisual sector, namely as regards the negotiation of the rights of Independent Tv producers. She takes part in all the legislative process relating to audiovisual, issuing opinions on the regulation of the sector as well as participating in Parliamentary Meetings and bodies for this purpose. Since 2009, she has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of GEDIPE, representing Independent Producers in this body of collective management and seeking to defend their interests and related rights and to follow the national and international developments of the content market, seeking to anticipate solutions to new problems, in the dense area of Copyright and Related Rights. In January 2018 she was appointed Executive President of APIT.
AN JACOBS (BE),
Co-Opted Board Member
An is the Managing Director of the VOFTP vzw (the association of Flemish Independent Film & Television Producers).
After obtaining her law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law at the University of London (Queen Mary College), An joined the Brussels’ business law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, where she was promoted to Counsel in 2014. Her practice as a solicitor was focused on intellectual property law and on international commercial litigation and arbitration.
In 2016, she was appointed Managing Director of VOFTP. VOFTP is the spokes-organisation and advocacy group for the Flemish independent television and film production sector to a wide range of players in the field, such as broadcasters, the press, stakeholders in the media sector, research institutions, government institutions, advisory bodies and employers and employee organizations.
An represents VOFTP in the Intellectual Property Council (Raad voor Intellectuele Eigendom), an advisory committee for the Belgian government.
ELAINE GERAGHTY (IE),
Co-Opted Board Member
Elaine was appointed CEO of Screen Producers Ireland in January 2017 and has over 25 years of experience in print, broadcast and the not for profit sectors. Elaine has held a number of senior management and executive leadership roles in some of Ireland’s most dynamic and innovative media brands wich also included her role in the national talk radio station Newstalk. Before joining SPI, Elaine served as CEO for Reachout Ireland, the online youth mental health charity. Elaine now sits on the Board of the ReachOut Ireland and was previously a Director of the National Print Museum of Ireland and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland. Elaine has an MBA (Marketing).
FRÉDÉRIC GOLDSMITH (FR)
Co-Opted Board Member
Trained as a lawyer, Frédéric Goldsmith is CEO of the French Union of cinematographic producers (UPC) since 2007, which gathers more than 250 producers of feature films and of advertisement films. He was previously General Counsel of the French Union of phonographic producers (SNEP) during about ten years, after having spent several years in the Legal and Litigation Department of ADAMI, the Society which collects and distributes neighbouring rights of main performers.