Antonio Onetti, new president of SGAE 30/Apr/2020
Playwright and screenwriter for films and television series

He replaces Fermín Cabal, who has held the position on an interim basis since April 15th, as stipulated in the society's bylaws

The playwright and screenwriter for film and television, Antonio Onetti, has been named president of SGAE (Spanish General Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers), as agreed by the society's Board of Directors at its extraordinary meeting today (21 votes in favour, 6 votes against, 8 abstentions). Onetti replaces Fermín Cabal, who has held the position of president on an interim basis since April 15th, as stipulated in the society's bylaws.

Antonio Onetti becomes the 44th president of the institution. An entity that, throughout its 120 years of history, has been chaired by composers (such as Ruperto Chapí, Amadeo Vives, Francisco Alonso, Jacinto Guerrero or Moreno Torroba), playwrights (including Benito Pérez Galdós, Pedro Muñoz Seca, Carlos Arniches, Eduardo Marquina, Juan José Alonso Millán, Ana Diosdado and Santiago Moncada) and film-makers (for example, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón or José Luis Borau), among others.

Antonio Onetti has announced that his main objective as president is "to restore confidence in the proper functioning of its governing bodies, with absolute professionalism in management, transparency and efficiency, to hold elections to both the Board of Directors and the new supervisory body as soon as possible, and overcome the economic consequences caused by the pandemic with full support to authors [composers and publishers] and at the lowest possible cost to the society.” "To achieve this," he added, "it is essential to strengthen collaboration with the cultural institutions to which SGAE reports, namely the Ministry of Culture, the supervisory body of our society, and CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers). Cooperation, dialogue and scrupulous compliance with all their requirements must be the cornerstones of our immediate roadmap to normalize the life of the society”.

Recognized experience in representing authors [composers and publishers]

Antonio Onetti (Seville, 1962) has a degree in Dramatic Art from the Royal Higher School of Dramatic Art in Madrid ("Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Madrid" - "RESAD" - in Spanish). At the beginning of his career he worked as a film and theatre actor. He is playwright, film and television screenwriter, stage director, and professor of dramaturgy and dramatic writing.

Founding member of the Academy of Performing Arts of Spain and Secretary General in his first term, Antonio Onetti has been a member of SGAE since 1987 and has a wide experience in representing authors, composers and publishers in the society, having been linked to SGAE at different stages during his professional career. He was elected member of the Board of Directors at the elections held on October 26th, 2018, and currently was vice-president of SGAE for the College of Audiovisual Works. In 2012 he also belonged to SGAE's Board of Directors, being elected president of the former "Fundación Autor" (Author Foundation) and leading its transformation into what nowadays the SGAE Foundation is.

As a playwright, he has premièred and published a dozen plays in Spain and some others in different countries in Europe, America and Africa, and his works have been translated into English, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Romanian. As a film and television scriptwriter, he is a specialist in bringing true stories and historical figures to the screen, as well as in all aspects of scriptwriting for daily series.

Some of his most noteworthy works are: Madre Caballo, La Puñalá and La calle del infierno, in theatre; Lobo, Lola y Operación E, in cinema; Padre Coraje and Los últimos días de Franco, in mini-series, and El Súper, Calle Nueva, Plaza Alta, in soap operas. He has collaborated as a screenwriter in Amar en Tiempos Revueltos, a daily series on TVE of which he was also one of the creators, together with Rodolf Sirera and Josep María Benet i Jornet, from 2005 to 2012; and its subsequent sequel on Antena 3, Amar es para siempre (from 2013 to 2015).

One of his most recent works as a scriptwriter was in collaboration with Sergio Barrejón and Rodolf Sirera on the series La catedral del mar ("The Cathedral of the Sea"), based on the best-seller of the same title by Ildefonso Falcones. Directed by Jordi Frades, its mini-series version, premièred in 2019, has received different awards, including the Gaudí Award  as Best Film for TV at the 12th edition of the Catalan Film Academy Awards.