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Inside Move: Int’l accent

AFMA diversifies with upcoming elections

The Sept. 25 AFMA elections will have a decidedly European flavor.

Marking a stark contrast to the past, several players from European companies have been nominated for the 20-seat board of directors.

“It knocks down the notion that AFMA is run by Americans and only interested in Americans,” says Lawrence Safir, chairman of the American Film Marketing Assn. Europe and currently the only Euro player on the board.

“With around 40% of AFMA’s members based outside of the U.S., now is as good a time as any to reflect that in the makeup of the board.”

Among the Euro nominees, the majority are London-based, with Alison Thompson of Pathe Intl., Nicole Mackey of Spain’s Lolafilms, Mike Ryan of U.K. distrib IAC and Safir of Safir Films all up for election.

Paolo Corvino of Italy’s Intra Film also is in the running, as are a number of U.S.-based reps of European companies, such as Stephen Davis, president and CEO of Carlton Intl.; Joe Drake, president of Senator Intl., the L.A.-based sales arm of German distrib Senator Film; and Michael Weiser, president and CEO of Modern Entertainment, the U.S. arm of Scandinavia’s Modern Times Group.

There are 39 nominees in all.

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