Participant profile: Frederik Stege

It’s a busy morning, and we move on to Denmark to meet legal and copyright expert Frederik Stege.

Frederik StegeFrederik was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated in law at University of Copenhagen, specialising in copyright law and Entertainment law. This also included studies of entertainment law at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

After graduation Frederik was employed with the Danish film production company Zentropa and as part hereof, Zentropa’s sales company, Trust Film Sales, where he’s been negotiating various license contracts with producers and distributors as well as script writers, directors and actors.

Presently Frederik is Head of Legal Affairs and New Business for the Danish film sales company TrustNordisk ,which is handling international sales rights to films by award-winning directors such as Lars Von Trier, Susanne Bier, Per Fly and Lukas Moodysson. In this position he is in charge of creating a sustainable business-model and to create revenues from new media-platform. In particular this includes licensing TrustNordisk’s catalogue of approximately 150 feature films to national and global video on demand-portals such as I-tunes, Netflix and Amazon.

Frederik is involved with several professional bodies including his duty as vice-president of the European Film Exporter’s Association (EFEA) and member of a work-group established by the Danish state entitled “Contend on Demand”. Furthermore he is enrolled with the European Commission’s (MEDIA) list of experts and most recently in September 2009 was appointed as expert in MEDIA’s call for Video on Demand and Digital Cinema Distribution.

Frederik has published articles about copyright law and entertainment law, including his Masters thesis which dealt with the impact of new media and technologies.

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