Here are some of the people who are expected to have a hand in shaping show business in Belgium in the coming year.
* Albert Bert, head of Decascoop and Kinepolis, multi-screen theaters in Ghent and Brussels.
The 10-screen Decascoop cinema, founded in 1981 in Ghent, and Kinepolis, opened in 1988 near Brussels (with 24 screens, the largest cinema complex in Europe), clearly changed the hardtop business in Belgium. In 1991, Bert is looking for opportunities in other cities.
* Robert Delville, director general, RTBF (French-speaking public station).
Delville’s management plan, called Target: 1993, aims at avoiding financial trouble for the pubcaster in the near future. Specific actions start this year and involve significant cuts in budgets, de-emphasis of some activities and properties, and a new pension scheme. Delville was previously a manager with Coca-Cola Europe.
* Maurits L. De Prins, president and founder of international video giant Super Club.
De Prins will be busy in 1991 building up a new Swiss company, Super Club Holding & Finance, which will become the holding company for the whole group. He will also pursue his massive investment policy both in Europe and the U.S. As of November ’90, the overall turnover of the group was 11.503 billion francs ($359.3 million).
* Valmy Feaux, minister-president of the French-speaking community in Belgium.
Feaux is one of the strongest opponents of the “television without frontiers” directive from the European Community, which will come into force in ’91. He argues that it doesn’t protect cultures in the smaller European countries and their respective media industries.
* Leo Neels, managing director, VTM (private station in Flanders).
Neels’ first preoccupation in ’91 will be to maintain the outstanding ratings of his channel, now pulling around 40% of the Flemish-speaking market in Belgium. This means keeping a close eye on political developments and the possible entrance onto Flemish ground of RTL-4, Luxembourg net CLT’s Dutch-language station, now restricted to the Netherlands.
* Daniel Weekers, president, Canal Plus Communaute Francaise de Belgique.
Weekers’ holding company, Deficom, is second in equity only to Canal Plus France. The station had more than 36,000 subscribers at the beginning of ’91.