Gilles Bressand, president of French indie XIII Bis Records, was unanimously re-elected president of French labels body SNEP July 18. Fellow SNEP members voted Bressand to another two-year term. SNEP
Gilles Bressand, president of French indie XIII Bis Records, was unanimously re-elected president of French labels body SNEP July 18.
Fellow SNEP members voted Bressand to another two-year term. SNEP members include all five majors and several independent labels.
Others re-elected as administrators were Warner's Music France's president Thierry Chassagne; Sony Music France's CEO Olivier Montfort; Universal Music France's chairman/CEO Pacal Nègre; EMI France chairman/CEO Eric Tong Cuong and BMG France's president Christophe Lameignère. Lameignère was also elected as SNEP VP.
The body also welcomed Eric Hauville, president of dance imprint Pschent, and Yves Riesel, CEO of classical indie Abeille Musique, as new board members.
Bressand reaffirmed that his prime agenda for the new mandate is leading the industry's fight against piracy. SNEP, which recently launched an aggressive anti-piracy advertising campaign, poised to begin RIAA-style legal action against individual pirates. Sources say that the first cases should be brought to court by the end of June.
"The SNEP counsel re-elected me for two reasons - continuity and stability," Bressand tells Billboard.biz. "Regarding the former, I will pursue our fight against piracy, which we have stepped up in recent months. As for stability, I will ensure the industry shows a unified front facing up to its difficulties," Bressand adds.
Bressand suggests the market's decline will return to growth by September, driven largely by anti-piracy initiatives and the creation of legal online alternatives. "This latter point will be the highlight of the end of this year, adds Bressand. "But we'll have to be just as innovative in stores as in digital sales," he says.