Dear friends, 


The upcoming 21st FIA Congress in September will be the highlight of the fall and I am delighted to introduce this e-newsletter with an article about our hosts in Sao Paulo. I invite you to discover the history of the Brazilian union SATED SP and learn more about its president, Ligia de Paula. Ms. de Paula and her team are working hard to prepare a wonderful Congress to remember – please register online as soon as possible.


We at FIA also request your support for our friends in France and Turkey. A new law could seriously undermine the professional status of performers in France. FIA firmly condemns this historic regression and invites you to sign a petition initiated by the French union, SFA, to stop this law from taking effect. Turkish actress Füsun Demirel also needs our support after a TV production terminated her contract for giving a media interview unrelated to the production. FIA stands in solidarity with Füsun and urges the appropriate government bodies to protect the rights of all artists in Turkey.


Last but not least, I would like to remind you about an important event taking place on Tuesday, April 26: World Intellectual Property Day! All FIA members are invited to join the celebration and call for the ratification of the Beijing Treaty. Let’s take this opportunity to stand together and ask for strong IP rights to protect audiovisual performers worldwide. Let’s make this happen….


In solidarity,

Ferne Downey, FIA President

Latest News
Getting to know our host in Sao Paulo

As the 2016 Congress of the International Federation of Actors fast approaches, it is time to find out a little more about our host union, SATED SP, and its President, Ligia de Paula. SATED SP is the acronym for "Sindicato dos Artistas e Técnicos em Espetáculos de Diversão de São Paulo", "Union of performing Artists and Art technicians from Sao Paulo" in English. 

The professional status of performers under threat in France

Outrage among professional performers is growing over the adoption on second reading of the "Creation" bill presented by the French government, which makes provision for all companies in the entertainment business, whether subsidised or not, to resort to using unpaid artists.

To be an actor today in Turkey

What actors do is play a role, to portray life and convey stories to an audience that resonate with their feelings. Based on true facts or entirely fictional, these stories are delivered to entertain, educate and generate awareness or empathy about the million intricate layers of the complex journey of humankind. Actors are trained, and indeed aspire, to portray any character.

Getting ready to celebrate World IP day and campaign for the Beijing Treaty on April 26

On April 26 every year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day in order to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity. FIA and its worldwide membership will join the celebration by calling for the ratification of the WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances.

Giant leap for performers within reach in Morocco

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) welcomes the news of the unanimous adoption by the Chamber of Deputies in Morocco of a draft law that will significantly improve the professional status of artists, and especially performers, in Morocco.

FIA mourns passing of Ken Howard

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) and its 89 member unions are saddened by the passing of Ken Howard, President of SAG-AFTRA. We all met Ken back in 2009, soon after he was first elected to the SAG Presidency, and have been impressed ever since by his determination and commitment to improving the livelihood of his fellow performers, not just in the USA but also around the world.

Taking a trip down FIA's memory lane

How was the International Federation of Actors born? Where did the organisation stand during the Cold War? Who contributed the most to the growth of the Federation, when and how? These are some of the many questions that the FIA Executive Committee decided to look into at its Paris meeting, in 2014. 

Upcoming Events
WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market, 20 April 2016

The creative content economy has seen radical change to access and business models for more than a decade. The tensions between increased access and a sustainable economic value chain are the essence of this conference, which will explore copyright in the digital age, the impact of the digital environment on creators

Meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Live Performance, 22 April 2016

The next meeting of the sectoral social dialogue committee on Live Performance will take place on the 22nd of April in Brussels. This meeting brings together the  European social partners in the Live Performance sector, namely Pearle* for the employers' delegation and FIA, FIM and UNI-MEI for the trade unions

WIPO 32nd SCCR meeting, 9-13 May 2016

The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is where member States meet to advance the WIPO political agenda in their field of competence. At its 32nd meeting, held in Geneva from May 9 to 13, the SCCR will mostly focus on limitations and exceptions, as well on the IP rights of broadcasting organisations. 

Capacity building Workshop in Santiago, Chile, 11-12 May 2016

In the context of their ongoing Union to Union financed projects in Latin America, FIA-LA and UNI-MEI Panartes will hold a 2 days workshop in Santiago focused on strengthening workers organisations in the audiovisual and cultural sector in Chile.

Closing Conference of the OIRA project for Live Performance, Athens 15-16 June 2016

The OIRA project by the European Social partners will round off with a closing event taking place in Athens on the 15 and 16th of June 2016. The FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and Pearle* project to further develop and promote Online Interactive Risk Assessment in the Live Performance Sector is entering its final phase.

EuroFIA and CMOs Meeting, Lisbon 22-24 June, 2016

The next meeting of the EuroFIA group is scheduled in Lisbon in June. We will also have a one-day meeting with European CMOs collecting on behalf of audiovisual performers. The timetable will be as follows.

Sectoral Social Dialogue Commitee Audiovisual, 29 June 2016

The next meeting of the sectoral social dialogue committee on Audiovisual will take place on the 29th of June in Brussels. This meeting brings together the  European social partners in the Audiovisual sector, namely EBU, CEPI, FIAPF and AER for the employers' delegation and FIA, FIM, UNI-MEI and IFJ  for the trade unions.

FIA 21st Congress – 22-25 September, Sao Paulo, Brazil

FIA 21st Congress will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From September 22nd to September 25th 2016, delegates coming from all around the world will gather to bring together the Federation’s most important political body. Hosted by SATED/SP, this congress will focus specifically on Diversity.