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FRAPA names Gurin, Salling as co-chairs

Gurin Company president and CEO Phil Gurin (left) and Nordic World chief operating officer Jan Salling (right) have been named co-chairs of the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA), replacing Patty Geneste.
March 18, 2015

Gurin Company president and CEO Phil Gurin and Nordic World chief operating officer Jan Salling have been named co-chairs of the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA), replacing Patty Geneste.

According to the organization, Geneste is stepping down for “personal reasons.”

FRAPA says Gurin and Salling aim to increase its involvement in establishing best practices through codes of conduct designed to help those in the format industry – creators, producers, broadcasters and distributors – operate in a well-regulated environment. The new board will also focus on sponsoring more events, panel debates and awards at major industry gatherings.

“Looking to the future, Jan and I are set to launch several initiatives designed to strengthen FRAPA’s structure, effectiveness and impact,” said Gurin in a statement. “To this end, we will shortly be announcing the appointment of several high-profile board members, who will help us to transition FRAPA into a dynamic new era.”

“Phil and I intend to make a real difference to FRAPA, not just organizationally, but in terms of positive results for the entire format industry,” added Salling.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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