German producers group names board members


BERLIN -- The Alliance of German Producers -- Film & Television officially named the board of directors on Tuesday for each of its three sections.

Uli Aselmann (d.i.e. Film) and Stefan Arndt (X-Filme Creative Pool) will head the film section, while Alexander Thies (NFP) and Jutta Muller (Muller und Seelig Filmproduktion) will represent the television side. Holger Roost-Macias (Tresor TV Produktion) and Andreas Scheuermann (Brainpool) were elected to the board for the entertainment section.

The new alliance combines the memberships of three pre-existing producers associations: Film 20, a lobbying association for independent producers; the Bundesverband deutscher Fernsehproduzenten, which was comprised of TV producers; and the Association of German Entertainment Producers.

Each association also has named two delegates -- Wolf Bauer (UFA) and Martin Moszkowicz (Constantin) for film; Bernd Burgemeister (TV60) and Ulrich Lenze (Cinecentrum) for television; and Nicolas Paalzow (Janus TV) and Christian Franckenstein (MME) for entertainment. The delegates will have the same rights and duties as other board members, but will only hold the position for the first two years of transition.

The formation of the Alliance of German Producers could go a long way toward strengthening the position of its members, particularly in regard to German's famously opaque intellectual property rights rules and their relationship with pubcasters ARD and ZDF.

Thus far, the Association of German Feature Film Producers and AG Spielfilm, two major players in this sector, have declined to join the new group.