Media attorney Guido Evers has been appointed joint managing director of the performing rights collection agency Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL) in Berlin, effective Sept. 1.

He replaces Peter Zombik, who will continue to work for GVL in an advisory capacity. Evers will manage GVL's affairs in conjunction with Dr. Tilo Gerlach, who has been managing director since 2001.

In addition to working as an attorney, Evers has held various positions in the broadcasting and film sector including serving as long-standing counsel at Senator Entertainment AG and, most recently, general counsel at Odeon Film AG in Berlin.

"I am pleased that we have been able to find in Guido Evers a competent successor to Peter Zombik, who has extensive knowledge of copyright as well as management expertise to provide the basis together with Tilo Gerlach for mastering the great challenges facing GVL in the future," said Prof. Dieter Gorny, chairman of the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI), in a statement.

"At the same time, I would like to thank Peter Zombik for his outstanding services over the past eleven years on behalf of the entire industry. He represented the interests of the labels both inside and outside the GVL with great skill, farsightedness and sensitivity in what has been the most difficult phase ever experienced by the music industry," Gorny added.

GVL is the German rights management society representing performing artists and record labels. GVL licenses sound recordings and music videos for use in broadcast, public performance and new media and collects private copying remuneration for record labels and performing artists. It was founded in 1959 by the German Federation of Orchestra musicians DOV and the German branch of IFPI.

Around 100,000 performing artists and 4,800 recorded music companies are members of GVL.