Central organization of the film industry

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The central organization of the film industry e. V. ( SPIO ) is the Wiesbaden- based umbrella organization of currently 18 professional associations of the German film, television and video industry, which represent a total of over 1,100 member companies. As a representative of the interests of the entire German film, television and video industry, the SPIO expresses itself publicly on economic, legal and political issues that affect this industry, takes a position on proposed legislation and performs service functions for its members. The president is Thomas Negele, who succeeded Alfred Holighaus in 2019.

Facilities and service functions

A subsidiary of SPIO is the Voluntary Self-Control of the Film Industry (FSK) , which has been run as a GmbH since 2002 .

The SPIO also maintains a title register for the registration of copyrights on film titles.

The statistical department collects all available data in the field of the German film industry, evaluates them and makes the results available to the public.

Members can submit films and videos that have not received a label from the voluntary self-regulation of the film industry to a legal commission of the SPIO ( SPIO / JK for short ), which checks whether the image carrier complies with the provisions of the Criminal Code and in this case awards one of its two test marks .

The association acts as a partner of the Munich Film Festival .

The SPIO has been organizing the German Film Ball in Munich since 1974, which takes place in January at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof . Part of the proceeds will go to the German emergency aid for film artists.


The first umbrella organization in the film industry was founded on October 19, 1923. The film producer Erich Pommer became its chairman. In 1933 the SPIO was incorporated into the newly founded Reichsfilmkammer .

1928–1933 there was a union-oriented counter-organization, the umbrella organization of film-making artists in Germany (Dacho).

The post-war SPIO was founded in Wiesbaden in 1950 and has since been one of the main sponsors of the German Institute for Film Studies e. V. (DIF), which has been called the German Film Institute - DIF since 1999 . In December 1956, the SPIO set up the German Film Artists' Emergency Aid, a non-profit foundation to support needy film artists; in January 1966 she founded the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation .



  • Manfred Behn: Synchronized into the "New Era". Film politics between SPIO and NS. In: Hans-Michael Bock , Michael Töteberg (Ed.): The Ufa book. Zweiausendeins, Frankfurt am Main 1992, pp. 340–343.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Official website - The Presidium. Central organization of the film industry e. V., accessed February 20, 2019 .
  2. James zu Hüningen: Lexicon of film terms. brünger.media, July 22, 2011, accessed on February 20, 2019 .
  3. German Film Ball. Central organization of the film industry e. V. (SPIO), accessed February 20, 2019 .
  4. press release. SPIO elects new president. SPIO, March 17, 2015, accessed January 18, 2020 .