Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) CEO, Barbara Galavan, was today elected Chair of the European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI), in Prague.
CEPI was founded in 1990 to represent the interests of independent cinema and television producers operating in Europe.
With a dedicated office in Brussels the Coordination represents 6,000 European based production companies all contributing to European culture and their creative economies.
Collectively, members of CEPI supply thousands hours of new programming annually to European broadcasters.
Speaking after her election SPI CEO Barbara Galavan said:
“I am honoured to accept the position of Chair of CEPI and am conscious of the responsibility it bestows. It is a time of great change for the audio-visual industry. This presents tremendous opportunities and challenges. It behoves us, as the unified voice of independent TV producers, to communicate a clear and strong message from the sector to the European Commission at this critical time as they attempt to legislate for the change that the digital revolution has brought.”
She paid tribute to outgoing Chair Werner Muller from the Austrian Producers Association for his dedication and commitment to the CEPI agenda for the past 4 years.
Elena Lai, General Secretary of CEPI said:
“We are very pleased with Barbara’s appointment as Chair. As a Board member for the last 3½ year’s she is very familiar with the challenges CEPI faces in communicating its message at a European political level. It is worth noting in the context of the topical gender and equality agenda that CEPI has today elected their first female Chair.”