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Stand up for your rights. Cécile Despringre at EWA Network’s event in Berlin

Stand up for your rights.

In the forthcoming EWA Network's event for members in Berlin, we'll have the opportunity to listen to Cécile Despringre addressing the subject 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. To grasp the main differences between countries and the way forward at a time when works are being exploited on new media, online and globally.

Since 2016, EWA Network organizes an afternoon event for EWA members. The programme may vary every year but there's always opportunity to get networked.

Cécile Despringre

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.

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.