Delegates and members of the foreign Distribu­tion Committee

The foreign Distribution Committee is composed of ten international Delegates and based on equal representation.

Anke Burgmer

Functions within IRF

Delegate of the foreign Distribution Committee (representative public radio stations, ARD)

Nationality

Germany

Professional activities/expert knowledge

Anke Burgmer studied law at the University of Cologne. Since 2018, she has been working for WDR mediagroup GmbH, the commercial subsidiary of WDR, a public-law institution, in the area of ARD cable coordination abroad as Distribution Manager. There, A. Burgmer represents, among other things, public broadcasting corporations in Europe regarding cable retransmission in the Eastern European markets. From 2002 to 2009 A. Burgmer worked in the licensing department of WDR, from 2009 to 2017 she worked in the legal department of WDR mediagroup GmbH.

Dr. Carrie P. Krogmann

Functions within IRF

Delegate and President of the foreign Distribution Committee (representative of ZDF)

Nationality

Germany

Professional activities/expert knowledge

Dr. Carrie P. Krogmann studied law at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Main). After passing the first and second state examination in law, she completed a doctoral degree in the field of industrial property rights. She practices in the legal department of the Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen (ZDF), an institution under public law, with a focus on copyright. Up to 2010, Dr. Krogmann represented public broad­casters in Europe with regards to the cable retrans­mission in Eastern European markets. Since 2008, she has been coordinator of the Union of Broadcasting Organisations Estonia. Since 2013, she has been President of the foreign Distribution Committee of the IRF, Switzerland; she joined the VGR Austria in 2015 as a member of the board. Further­more, she is a member of the expert committee for copyright of the Deutscher Kulturrat [German Culture Council].

Erk Wiemer

Jenny Sommerfeld-Denkl

Functions within IRF

Delegate of the foreign Distribution Committee (representative of ARD channels)

Nationality

Germany

Professional activities/expert knowledge

Jenny Sommerfeld-Denkl studied law in Osnabrück, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Paris. From 2008 to 2010, she worked in sports rights marketing before joining WDR mediagroup GmbH, the commercial subsidiary of WDR, Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts, in 2010. Since 2018, J. Sommerfeld-Denkl has been head of the ARD Cable Coordination Foreign Department at WDR mediagroup GmbH, which is responsible for the retransmission of ARD programs abroad.

Since 2019, J. Sommerfeld-Denkl has been Chairman of the General Meeting of Members and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Collecting Society for Radio and Television (VGR) and on the Board of the VGR Association.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Sporn

Functions within IRF

Delegate and member of the foreign Distribution Committee and the Board of Directors (representative of RTL Media Group)

Nationality

Germany

Professional activities/expert knowledge

Prof. Dr. Stefan Sporn is Senior Vice President, International Distribution, at RTL International GmbH (Cologne). As such he is responsible for the licensing of German free-TV channels of the Media Group RTL Germany for (cable) re-transmission and the global transmission and execution of RTL International. He previously held various positions at the RTL Media Group, in particular within programme acquisition and organisa­tional development, after having worked as a journalist for many years. Prof. Dr. Sporn also lectures media and copyright at the TH Köln (technical university Cologne), where he has been an honorary professor since March 2013, and at the University Mainz.

Susanne Costede

Functions within IRF

Delegate of the foreign Distribution Committee (representative of ARTE)

Nationality

Germany

Professional activities/expert knowledge

Susanne Costede studied law at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and the Université de Poitiers. Following her final examination in Koblenz, she joined the legal department of ARTE GEIE, the European cultural channel in Strasbourg, in 2000. She was appointed Deputy Legal Director in 2017 and Legal Director and Deputy Administrative Director in 2018. Since 2018, she has been a member of the general assembly of members and the supervisory body of the collecting society Verwertungsgesellschaft Rundfunk (VGR) in Austria.

Delegates and members of the foreign Distribution Committee:

  • Natalie Bobineau (representative of France Télévisions)
  • Hans Brorsen (representative of VG Media)
  • Anke Burgmer (representative public radio stations)
  • Sabrina Eleuteri (representative of RaiCom)
  • Dr. Gabriela Krassnigg-Kulhavy (representative of ORF)
  • Michael Loitz (representative of M6 Group)
  • Jenny Sommerfeld (representative of ARD channels)
  • Stephanie Struppler (representative of Eurosport)