General Assembly


The general assembly makes fundamental decisions of strategic importance to the channel, approves the business plan and appoints the members of the management board as well as top managerial staff to ARTE GEIE. The twelve delegates – six German and six French – represent the two members of the ARTE Group and meet four times a year in Strasbourg. The European associate partners take part in an advisory capacity.


French Representatives
German Representatives
Nicolas Seydoux (Vice Chairperson)
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Gaumont
Tom Buhrow (Chaiperson)
President of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Anne Durupty
Advisor to the Presidency of ARTE France
Prof Dr Kai Gniffke
President of Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Chairperson of the General Assembly of ARTE Deutschland
Jean-Baptiste Gourdin
Director-General of the Media and Cultural Industries Board (DGMIC), French Ministry of Culture
Martin Grasmück
President of Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR)
Charles Sarrazin
Director of Transports and Audiovisual Affairs Division at the Government Shareholding Agency, French Ministry of Economics and Finance
Dr Thomas Bellut
President of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Jean-Dominique Giuliani
President of the Robert Schuman Foundation, president of the ILERI
Dr Frank D. Freiling 
Director of International Affairs, ZDF
Thomas Serval
Entrepreneur, CEO of Kolibree
Heike Hempel
Deputy Programme Director and Director of Fictions/ Series II, ZDF


European Partners (in an advisory capacity):

ČT – Petr Dvořák (Director general)
ORF – Dr Alexander Wrabetz (Director general)
RAI Com – Teresa De Santis (President)
RTBF – Jean-Paul Philippot (Director general)
RTÉ – Dee Forbes (Director general)
SRG SSR – Gilles Marchand (Director general)
YLE – Merja Ylä-Anttila (CEO)
Film Fund Luxembourg – Guy Daleiden (Managing Director)


2nd May 2021