The CEO of Trixter, Christian Sommer, is now the Vice President of SPIO:
In his new VP role at the Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft Christian will represent some of the most important trade associations within the German film industry
The Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft (SPIO) announced the appointment of TRIXTER CEO Christian Sommer as the organization’s new Vice President. Christian brings more than 20 years of strategic management, VFX and feature animation experience to his new position and hopes to focus Germany’s film policy towards representing VFX and animation members to ultimately secure more funding opportunities for the sector.
“The SPIO is an important organisation that is poised for growth and development, and I’m eager to continue working with the Executive Board and SPIO General Assembly in my new role as VP in order to support the organisation moving forward. When it comes to using creative strategies backed up by data to promote the strength and services offered by the German film industry, SPIO is the gold standard and I look forward to a long and productive partnership,” said Sommer.
Today’s appointment as Vice President of the SPIO (Umbrella Association of the German Film Industry) sits alongside Christian’s other industry commitments, he is a member of the Board of the VTFF (Trade Association of German Film and Television Service Providers), Chairman of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Foundation (Owner of major Parts of the German Film Heritage) and lecturer at the HFF Film University, Munich.
Christian is highly coveted by many German trade bodies; he started his career in film production and film services at Bavaria Film Studios. After having started as Head of Controlling, he restructured the film services department and founded the Bavaria Production Services GmbH. In 2000 Christian joined the CineMedia Film AG, a film production and service company listed at the German Stock Exchange. As Chief Operation Officer and, since 2003, as CEO, he took the responsibility for the operational and financial reconstructing of the group to develop the company into the leading postproduction service provider with branches in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Halle. In 2014 Christian Sommer joined TRIXTER as Chief Executive Officer and became a shareholder in 2016. Most recently he has overseen the company’s smooth transition into the Cinesite group. Only a few weeks ago, the studio delivered 280 VFX shots for Captain Marvel and is busy in production on Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog and X Filme’s Kangaroo Chronicles, the adaptation of a popular German comedy book.
The Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft e.V., SPIO, is the Wiesbaden and Berlin-based umbrella organisation of currently 18 professional associations of the German film, television and video industry, which represent a total of more than 1,100 member companies. As an advocacy group for the entire German film, television and video industry, the SPIO expresses its public views on economic, legal and political issues affecting this sector, takes a stand on proposed legislation and provides service functions for its members. President is Thomas Negele, who took over in 2019.