As screenwriters and directors, you have authors’ rights on the scripts you write and projects you direct.

Some of these authors’ rights are negotiated with the producer as part of the project’s remuneration package, but they can also generate royalties from the use of the works, managed by collective management organisations.

Cécile Despringre will walk you through the world of collective management organisations for screenwriters and directors in Europe and how to make the most of your rights to receive royalties for the exploitation of your works.

She will explain the main differences between countries and the way forward at a time when works are being exploited on new media, online and globally. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions and get to know other fellow members of the EWA network, all this from the comfort of your home or office.



Through an online space where EWA members from all around can connect and know each other, we organise once per month a meeting where an expert introduces a topic followed by Q&A and members can interact.

Each meeting will last 90 minutes and include 20 members at maximum. An invitation to join including all information will be sent to all members.

If you are not a member you can become one here 


Cécile Despringre studied International and European law at the University of Paris I and holds a Master degree in International Economic Law. After a traineeship at the Delegation of the European Commission to International Organisations in Geneva, she became the European Affairs Officer of SACD (French and Belgium society for dramatic authors) in 1997.

In 2001, she was promoted Deputy Director for European Affairs and Trade Negotiations. In 2006, she joined FERA, the European network of film and TV directors’ organisations as their CEO. In 2009, she was proposed to set up a new European organisation to gather collective management organisations for audiovisual authors and represent them towards European institutions: the SAA.

She is the SAA Executive Director since it was established in 2010. Since 2008, Cécile Despringre has also been a board member of, a portal on European cinema in 4 languages, and vice-president since 2014. Follow @CDespringre


Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) represents the interests of collective management societies and their audiovisual authors’ members at the European level. Through our 33 members from 25 European countries, the SAA represents over 138,000 film and television European screenwriters and directors. SAA’s main objectives are the following:

To defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors (screenwriters and directors);
To secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;
To develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.