WARSAW: The Polish Producers Alliance KIPA has elected Alicja Grawon-Jaksik as its new president.
KIPA also voted in a new Management Board consisting of Vice-Presidents Irena Strzałkowska and Piotr Dzięcioł, and board members Małgorzata Domin, Małgorzata Staroń, Monika Głowacka, Joanna Szymańska, Wojciech Leszczyński and Stanisław Zaborowski, at the 18 June 2019 General Meeting. Grawon-Jaksik succeeds producer Maciej Strzembosz in the post of president. Grawon-Jaksik, who speciailses in legal and business issues related to the activity of entrepreneurs in the audiovisual and creative sectors, was the KIPA's managing director from 2013-2018, a representative of the Minister of Culture on the EU Media Programme Committee in Brussels in 2011-2013, an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration of the Audio-visual Market (SARA) in Warsaw in 2018, and a member of the Digitization Council at the Ministry of Digitization in 2016-2018. She was responsible for content and organisational development of dozens of professional industry events, including international conferences, seminars and trainings. She is the co-creator of the first Polish Accelerator for Young Entrepreneurs of the AV Sector, co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as author of numerous publications related to the legal aspects of audiovisual production, digitisation and technological innovation in the creative industries.
"First and foremost I would like to focus on building KIPA into a center of competence, a place where producers could come and receive support in different aspects of working on their projects on the ever changing AV market, from organisational matters through legal, but most of all business issues. I really hope that we can develop a more systemic approach to the financial products available to production companies on our market, ones that could be an answer to the struggles connected with cash flow and project financing. I have always believed that a place such as KIPA, should act as a communication tube between institutions and entrepreneurs operating on the market, and in the domestic and foreign legislative aspects. I would like the Alliance to be an audible, but above all substantive, useful voice of producers in a conversation about balanced and prospective development of the market, embedded in thinking not only at the national but European and global level," Grawon-Jaksik said.