The FastTrack Board of Directors, meeting during the recent CISAC World Copyright Summit in Washington, has named BMI President & CEO Del Bryant as its new Chairperson, succeeding Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker of German society GEMA. SABAM’s Christophe Depreter, who will officially be named as Director General of the Belgian society July 1, was named Vice-Chair and succeeds SOCAN’s (Canada) Chief Executive André LeBel in this post.
“Over the past decade, FastTrack has built the entertainment industry’s most advanced global network for management of copyright data. I look forward to working with all the talented executives on the FastTrack Board of Directors to continue to develop and implement these cutting-edge digital tools,” said Bryant.
“All of us on the Board want to extend a special vote of thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker for his great dedication during his mandate. His vision, passion and energy have made a huge contribution to FastTrack’s unique organization, which have benefited more than 80 CISAC member societies, as well as FastTrack’s 12 member societies.
“I am also especially pleased that Christophe Depreter has been appointed as FastTrack’s Vice-Chair. His enthusiasm and diligence has made SABAM one of the leading societies in implementing FastTrack tools and products.”
“I am glad to have the opportunity to contribute modestly to the noble task Del Bryant is going to take up. FastTrack is an alliance that sets an example of what a united and efficient collective management society shall be,” said Depreter.
Established in 2000 to provide a series of networked tools to enhance the flow of data on creative works, FastTrack currently encompasses 12 European and American copyright organizations, including AKM/Austro-Mechana (Austria), ASCAP (USA), BMI (USA), Buma/Stemra (The Netherlands), GEMA (Germany), PRS for Music (United Kingdom), SABAM (Belgium), SACEM (France), SGAE (Spain), SIAE (Italy), SOCAN (Canada) and SUISA (Switzerland).
FastTrack is also the technology provider for the CISAC CIS-Net and ISWC-Net networks, now serving 90 rights organizations around the world.