General Assembly of ARTE GEIE

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, Chairperson

President of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Anne Durupty
Advisor to the Presidency of ARTE France
Prof Dr Kai Gniffke
Chairperson of the General Assembly of ARTE Deutschland
President of Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and of the ARD
Florence Philbert
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 Norbert Himmler
Vice-Chairperson of the General Assembly of ARTE Deutschland
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, President of Baracoda
Heike Hempel
Director of Fictions/ Series II, ZDF


European Partners (in an advisory capacity):

ČT, Czech Republic – Jan Souček (Director general)
Film Fund Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Guy Daleiden (Managing Director)
LRT, Lithuania – Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė (Director general)
LTV, Latvia- Ivars Priede (Chairperson of the Board)

ORF, Austria – Roland Weißmann (Director general)
RAI Com, Italy – Teresa De Santis (President)
RTBF, Belgium – Jean-Paul Philippot (Director general)
RTÉ, Ireland – Kevin Bakhurst (Director general)
RTVE, Spain – Elena Sánchez Caballero (interim)
SRG SSR, Switzerland – Gilles Marchand (Director general)
YLE, Finland – Merja Ylä-Anttila (CEO)


2nd May 2023