European Broadcasting Union gets new chief

Jean-Paul Philippot has run pubcaster RTBF since 2002

BRUSSELS -- Jean-Paul Philippot, the director general of Belgian public broadcaster RTBF, has been elected president of the European Broadcasting Union. His two-year term begins in January, when he replaces Fritz Pleitgen from German broadcasting group ARD.

Philippot, who has run RTBF since 2002, previously held posts outside broadcasting, including a six-year stint as managing director of Brussels' public hospitals.

The EBU also named as vp the director of BBC Global News Richard Sambrook, who will succeed Boris Bergant, of Slovenia's RTVLSO.

The Geneva-based EBU represents 120 public service broadcasters across Europe and neighboring regions, as well as U.S. media giants ABC, CBS, NBC and Time Warner.

Meanwhile, film fund Eurimages has named Italian Roberto Olla as its executive secretary, replacing former Belgian Directors Guild president Jan Vandierendonck.

Eurimages, created by the 47-nation Council of Europe, granted $33.6 million last year for co-productions, and this year has provided $28.6 million to various projects.