Gerardo Rodríguez, new Director General of SGAE 21/Nov/2018
Gerardo Rodríguez will continue to assume the economic/financial management of the entity

Ana Graciani, President of the SGAE Foundation

The Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers’ (SGAE) Board of Directors has named Gerardo Rodríguez Velarde (Madrid, 1961) as the entity’s new Director General.

This decision affirms the SGAE’s trust in a professional with a long career in the company and in the cultural sector. In addition, Rodríguez Velarde will continue to assume the entity’s economic/financial management, a position he has held since 2017. 

With excellent knowledge in the field of copyright and Intellectual Property, between 1996 and 2007 he formed part of the Author Foundation management team (now the SGAE Foundation), as Director of Finance and Human Resources; a position which he subsequently undertook between 2007 and 2014 at the Asociación de Intérpretes y Ejecutantes (AIE) (the Spanish Association of Performers and Producers).

Rodríguez Velarde holds an Economics and Business Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master’s Degree in Auditing and Financial Accounting from the Pontifical University of Salamanca.  

The SGAE’s  new Director General’s goals are to strengthen the modernisation of the entity to comply with its company objectives which are marked by increased competition,  new consumer habits and increasingly demanding regulations in the sector, and to enhance the performance of the SGAE Foundation.

Ana Graciani, President of the SGAE Foundation

Furthermore, Ana Graciani is the new President of the SGAE Foundation, as decided by the entity’s main body in their meeting yesterday, Tuesday. Playwright, audiovisual scriptwriter, journalist and producer, the Andalucia- based Castilian-Manchego author is a member of the Academia de las Artes Escénicas de España (Spanish Academy for the Performing Arts) and the Comité Organizador de los Premios Max (Organising Committee for the Max Awards). Graciani therefore becomes the second woman to head the institution, after Inés París.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación Andaluza de Mujeres de los Medios Audiovisuales (AAMMA) (Andalucian Association of Women in Audiovisual Media), the president of the SGAE Foundation is a strong advocate of gender equality in the cultural sector.

Ana Graciani was a press, radio and television journalist between 1992 and 2002. She then dedicated herself to the management and production of the performing arts and since 2008 her professional activity has focussed on both dramatic and audiovisual writing and management.

She has an extensive track record as a playwright. Her works, which she also directed, are La carta perdida (featured in the Lara Theatre in Madrid since 2016), La ventana abierta, ¡Quiero ser mayor! and La Boda (I Laboratorio de Escritura Teatral by the SGAE Foundation); and El Día del Padre (with more than 200 performances in Spain), directed by  Gabriel Olivares and Compadres para siempre, by Alfonso Sánchez. She is also author of the adaptions Patente de corso, by Arturo Pérez Reverte, directed by Alfonso Sánchez, El Enfermo Imaginario, by Molière, directed by Gabriel Olivares and El asesino de la regañá, by Julio Muñoz Gijón, directed by Antonio Campos and premiered last May.

She wrote the television scripts for the films Ciudadano Villanueva, by Francisco Pinteño; and La soledad del triunfo, and La rueda, by Álvaro de Armiñán, and she has also been a scriptwriter for series such as Perdóname, señor and Entreolivos. And in cinema, one of her recent works as a co-scriptwriter stands out,  El mundo es suyo, by Alfonso Sánchez and Alberto López, along with, as scriptwriter of La comedia para toda la muerte, a film by Alfonso Sánchez whose filming will begin in January 2019.