IDMA International Development Chair
Gérard Schmidt has been producing media for the past 25 years.
After receiving his doctorate in sociology at the University of Parisin 1980, he created and managed a film company in Paris. Until itsclosing in 1996, the company's mission was to produce and distributecultural/music documentaries and short films with an internationalfocus. Gérard built an extensive distribution catalog featuringdirectors from Europe, Africa and Latin America. He successfully soldhis catalog to television stations from around the world, where theycontinue to be broadcast to this day.
His deep knowledge of European co-production and financing led him toteaching film professionals in France and in the developing world.
From 1996 to 2000, Gérard shifted his focus to producing award-winninginteractive CD-ROMs about music and culture. Gérard moved to the UnitedStates and joined Metropolis DVD ( New York) in 1999 where he worked asExecutive Producer and Director of Special Features. Clients includedAmerican and international bands: Rolling Stones, Slipknot, DefLeppart, Johnny Hallyday, Sum 41, Nickelback etc..
In 2004, Gérard joined Masque Sound, where he developed new businessopportunities and oversaw all DVD production as Managing Director ofMasque Entertainment.
In January 2007 Gerard created Digital Wonder, a company dedicated to video and DVD production.
In addition to being a member of the Board ofDirectors of the DVD Association Gérard serves as Unicef's DVD expert.
Gérard speaks fluent French, English and Spanish. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.