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Profile of registrant

Society of Audiovisual Authors

Identification number in the register: 99336382936-11
Registration date: 04/01/10 16:30:23

The information on this organisation was last modified on 09/12/13 09:44:05
The date of the last annual update was 09/12/13 09:44:05

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Society of Audiovisual Authors
Acronym: SAA
Legal status: scrl (Belgian law)
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Cécile Despringre
Position: Executive Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Cécile Despringre
Position: Executive Director

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 87 Rue du Prince Royal 
Brussels 1050
Telephone number: (+0032) 02 894 93 30
Fax number: (+0032) 02 894 93 34
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: About SAA
The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the grouping of Audiovisual Authors’ Collective Management Societies in Europe. Through its 25 members in 18 countries, it currently represents 120,000 screenwriters and directors of films, TV programmes and other audiovisual works. The organisation’s objectives are:

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

SAA was established in 2010 because of a perceived need to strengthen the legal position of audiovisual authors (screenwriters and directors) and to lobby for a fair, transparent and harmonised system of remuneration for the digital use of films and other audiovisual programmes.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Cécile DESPRINGRE 12/11/14 10/11/15
James Taylor 11/11/14 07/11/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

SAA drafted written contributions to the following consultations:

- 1st meeting of the Media intergroup of the European Parliament, chaired by Jean-Marie Cavada, French conservative MEP on February 2010.
- European Commission Green Paper – Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries, July 2010.
- European Commission consultation on behalf of the Reflection Group (Comité des Sages) on boosting cultural heritage online in Europe, September 2010.
- European Commission consultation on the implementation of the Electronic Commerce Directive (200/31/EC) on November 2010.
- European Commission consultation on the future of the MEDIA programme after 2013.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Culture
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 200000  € - 250000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.