The broadcaster decides on association agreements with the public broadcasters RTVE from Spain and LRT from Lithuania
Strasbourg (ots) – On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, ARTE is expanding its European partner network with two more broadcasters: At its general meeting today, the broadcaster approved association agreements with the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE (Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española) and the Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT (Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija). ARTE is thus strengthening its European commitment, true to its mission “to promote understanding and rapprochement among the peoples of Europe.”
Both LRT and RTVE will thus participate in co-productions with ARTE in the future. The first projects are already underway, such as the documentary on Jorge Semprún, produced jointly with RTVE on the occasion of his 100th birthday, and a documentary on Baltic design in collaboration with LRT.
The two agreements also provide for cooperation in the distribution of digital offerings, in particular between ARTE en español, which has existed since 2015, and RTVE’s digital offering.
The association agreements also stipulate that the partners will be represented with an advisory vote in the broadcaster’s most important bodies: the General Assembly, the Programming Conference and the Programming Advisory Board.
The two new members thus join an active network that already includes the following broadcasters: RTBF (Belgium), ORF (Austria), YLE (Finland), CT (Czech Republic), SSR SRG (Switzerland), RAI Com (Italy), Film Fund Luxembourg and RTÉ (Ireland).
Bruno Patino and Peter Weber, President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors respectively, are pleased about the cooperation and emphasize that “the network of ARTE’s European partner stations is one of the cornerstones for the implementation of the broadcaster’s European strategy, thus contributing to the emergence of a European public sphere. Strengthening cohesion in Europe through culture is of great importance, especially in light of the war in Ukraine.”
The President of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, stressed that “it is a great pleasure to collaborate with ARTE, a prestigious European broadcaster and symbol of excellence. It is not simply an agreement between two television channels. We will participate in the main bodies of the channel, such as the General Assembly of ARTE GEIE. We have also agreed on a financial investment from both sides for joint co-productions, and from the fall we will include on our platform a selection of ARTE programs that will enrich our catalog. The aim of our joint approach is to create a high-quality offer that will be a reference on the continent.”
“Culture is an important part of any mature society,” said Monika Garbaciauskaite-Budriene, Director General of LRT. “It promotes mutual understanding among each other and brings people from different countries with different experiences closer together. Cooperation with ARTE will provide even more opportunities for people in Lithuania to learn about the cultural life of European countries, explore the projects of well-known European artists and get to know the works of our own, Lithuanian artists. We strongly believe that LRT’s ambition to be active in international cultural content markets will be an additional incentive for our art and culture creators to create ambitious projects.”
The Board of ARTE GEIE manages the day-to-day operations for the channel and regularly reports on its activities at ARTE’s General Assembly. It is composed of four members: the President and Vice President, the Program Director and the Administrative Director.
The General Assembly of ARTE GEIE meets four times a year. It decides on fundamental issues of the channel, adopts the economic plan and appoints the members of the board of directors as well as the executives of ARTE GEIE. It consists of six German and six French representatives.
The German representatives are currently:
Mr. Tom BUHROW, Director-General of WDR, Deputy Chairman of ARD President of the General Assembly of ARTE GEIE
Prof. Dr. Kai GNIFFKE, Director-General of SWR, Chairman of the General Assembly of ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH
Mr. Martin GRASMÜCK, Director-General of SR
Dr. Norbert HIMMLER, Director-General of ZDF and Vice-Chairman of the Shareholders’ Meeting of ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH
Ms. Heike HEMPEL, Head of the Main Editorial Department Television Film/Series II of ZDF
Dr. Frank-Dieter FREILING, Head of the International Affairs Department of ZDF
The French representatives in the General Assembly are currently:
Mr. Nicolas SEYDOUX, Vice-President of the General Assembly of ARTE GEIE, Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of ARTE France, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gaumont
Mrs. Anne DURUPTY, Advisor to the Presidency of ARTE France and Member of the Executive Committee of ARTE France
Mr. Jean-Baptiste GOURDIN, Director General for Media and Cultural Industries, French Ministry of Culture
Mr. Charles SARRAZIN, Head of Portfolio Management at the French Agency for State Holdings APE, French Ministry of Economy and Finance, and member of the Supervisory Board of ARTE France
Mr. Jean-Dominique GIULIANI, President of the Robert Schuman Foundation and member of the Supervisory Board of ARTE France
Mr. Thomas SERVAL, President of Kolibree and member of the Supervisory Board of ARTE France
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