Articles of Association of the Professional Association of Script Supervisors BVSS e.V.

(9th Edition January 17, 2021)

§ 1 Name, Location and Purpose of the Association

      1. The association is named “Berufsverband der Script Supervisor BVSS e.V.”
          (Professional Association of Script Supervisors BVSS e.V.)
      2. The association is based in Berlin.
      3. The purpose of the association is
          a. safeguarding, nurturing and promoting the professional interests of Script Continuities,
              Script Supervisors and Script Trainees working in the Federal Republic of Germany.
          b. promoting a cohesive and supportive relationship among the members.
          c. representing the members’ interests to broadcasting and television stations, film
              funding institutions, the film industry, manufacturers and distributors in the television,
              film and AV sectors domestically and internationally, streaming platforms domestically
              and internationally, collecting societies, trade unions, as well as to the legislative and
              executive bodies at all political levels (in municipalities, states, at the federal level and
              within the European Community). This includes negotiating collective bargaining
              agreements and other contractual agreements.
          d. advocating for the members on all other fronts, including through association lawsuits,
              in all matters related to media, labor and social policies, as well as in the extrajudicial
              pursuit of professional interests.

§ 2 Intention of Entry into the Association Register

      1. The association is intended to be registered in the register of associations.
      2. The association may become a member of other organizations or collaborate with them.
      3. The fiscal year is the calendar year. Economic operations serving the purpose of the
may be maintained. This is a non profit business operation.

§ 3 Admission of Members

      1. Any individual working as a Script Continuity, Script Supervisor or Script Trainee actively in
Federal Republic of Germany, Austria or Switzerland, who fulfills the content of the
 job descriptions and the admission criteria for membership in BVSS, can
          become a member of 
the association.
          The Board reserves its right to adjudicate membership in cases of specific circumstances,
          conditions and/or needs.
      2. Furthermore, the admission of supporting members, honorary members and extraordinary

          members is possible (see § 7).
      3. Application for membership must be submitted in writing or online via the association’s
          Membership admission is decided by the Board; in case of rejection, the decision can be
 to the general meeting within one month through registered mail.

§ 4 Rights and Duties of Members

      1. Members are called upon to promote the purpose and endeavors of the association
          through active 
 participation and providing information to the board.
          Members commit among themselves to safeguarding the legitimate interests of the association and its
          members, as 
 well as adhering to the decisions of the association bodies.
      2. Each ordinary member has equal voting rights and the right to submit proposals to the
          board and 
 at the general meeting at any time.

§ 5 Membership Contributions

Members are required to pay the contributions/fees and levies set in the general meeting biannually in advance.
Membership contributions are used to cover costs related to pursuing the association’s objectives. In special cases, the board may round the contributions up to the nearest full amount. Further details will be separately regulated in the contribution regulations.

§ 6 Termination of Membership

      1. Membership ends
          a. through a written declaration of resignation to the board with a notice period of three
              months to the respective quarter’s end.
          b. in case of death.
          c. through exclusion, which can occur if a member severely acts against the reputation
              and/or purposes of the association (see § 1 Abs. 3) or if in significant and/or repeated
              arrears with payments, and despite timely warning with the threat of exclusion does not
              make any payments (as further detailed in the contribution regulations).
              The board decides on the exclusion (see § 12 Abs. 6).
      2. Upon a member’s departure from the association, all potential claims arising from

§ 7 Extraordinary, Supporting, and Honorary Members

      1. Individuals who do not meet the requirements of § 3 Paragraph Abs. 1 can become
members of the association. Extraordinary members have voting rights.
      2. Honorary membership can be awarded by the general meeting upon the board’s request. 

          Honorary members have all the rights of ordinary members (including voting rights) and no
  association fee is charged to them.
      3. Natural or legal persons who are neither ordinary nor extraordinary members can become
  supporting members of the association if they can serve the association. Supporting
          members do 
not have voting rights.
      4. The application for admission to the association as an extraordinary or supporting member
be made in writing. Formal admission will rest entirely within the judgment of the

§ 8 Bodies of the Association

The bodies of the association are the General Assembly and the Board.

§ 9 General Assembly

      1. At least one ordinary General Assembly shall take place each year, for which the Board
          must invite 
members in writing or electronically, stating the location, time and agenda at
          least four calendar weeks in advance.
          General Assemblies should ideally take place in a specific location, but alternatively, they
          can be 
conducted through video or telephone conferences.
      2. Furthermore, General Assemblies shall be convened when the interest of the association
          requires it 
or when one-fifth of the members request it from the Board.
      3. The agenda may be amended by any member through written request up to two weeks
          before the start of the 
General Assembly (request of supplementary assistance). Should extenuating circumstances require or
          prompt an urgent and supplementary request for a change to the agenda in less than the
          two week period prior to the General Assembly, such amendments can be made during the
          General Assembly by a majority decision (application of urgency).
Decisions are made regarding the agenda items.
      4. The General Assembly is quorate if at least one-fifth of the voting members are present or
represented, with each attending member being able to represent up to five non-
members through written proxy.
      5. Decisions at the General Assembly are made by a simple majority of valid votes. Vote
          abstentions will be 
considered as uncast votes.
      6. In the event of the General Assembly being unable to make decisions, the Board must
          convene a 
second general assembly with the same agenda within four weeks. This
          assembly is then quorate 
regardless of the number of attending members. This aspect of
          the assembly is to be specifically emphasized in the 
invitation to this second General
      7. The proxy representation of absent members by participants is only possible with written
      8. Amendments to the articles of association require a three-quarter majority of valid votes.
          Amendments to the articles of association are permissible only if announced on the
          agenda with 
the invitation.

§ 10 Duties of the General Assembly

      1. The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the association. It is
          responsible for 
all tasks not explicitly delegated to the Board (§ 12).
      2. A protocol must be prepared by the Board Secretary, or in their absence,
          by a member elected by the 
assembly and signed by the chairperson.
      3. The general assembly
           a) reviews the business report of the board for the past fiscal year, as well as;
           b) the treasurer’s report and the audit report of the auditors and,
           c) decides on granting the board discharge of duly approved allocations, as well as
           d) the amount of contributions to be paid and/or special levies to be raised.
      4. Election of the Board and up to 2 auditors, who must not be members of the board,
          for a term of 2 years.
      5. The General Assembly decides on the agenda items sent with the invitation. Decisions are
          made by a 
simple majority, while elections are made by an open vote.
          Should a secret ballot be requested, approval is granted soley by the General Assembly.

§ 11 Board

      1. The Board consists of the executive Board (§ 26 BGB) and the extended Board.
      2. The executive Board consists of:
          – 2 Chairpersons
          – 1 Vice Chairperson
          The association is legally and extra-legally represented by two members of the executive
      3. The extended Board consists of:
           – Treasurer
           – Board Secretary
           – up to 4 Assessors
      4. Board members should ideally come from different locations; furthermore, the Board
          should be 
      5. The term of a Board member is limited to 6 years (maximum of 2 re-elections). After a
           break of a 
term (2 years), a re-election to the Board is possible.

§ 12 Duties of the Board

The Board manages the affairs of the association, specifically for the following:
      1. Preparation and convening of the General Assembly,

      2. implementation of decisions of the General Assembly,
      3. bookkeeping,

      4. preparation of the annual report,

      5. representing the members’ interests in wage negotiations and when concluding
contracts on behalf of the members,

      6. decision-making about the admission and exclusion of members,

      7. administration of the association’s assets (by the treasurer),

      8. conducting regular Board meetings (see § 12 Section 14),

      9. in urgent cases, the Executive Board is authorized to decide alone. However, it is obliged
          to present the matter for decision at the next Board meeting.

    10. The Board may delegate certain tasks to one or more Board members or other ordinary
  members through a decision. The results of such delegations must be presented to the
    11. Board meetings are to be recorded and shared in a timely manner with absent Board
          members. The protocols 
of Board meetings must be made accessible to all members.

    12. The Board has the option to appoint a manager to handle ongoing affairs and protect the
interests of the association by entering into employment contracts and terminating them if

    13. The Board has the option to establish operational procedures.

    14. Board meetings:

          a. Regular Board meetings are usually held 3 to 4 times a year.

          b. They are convened by the executive Board at least four weeks in advance or one week
              in urgent cases, in writing, by phone, or through electronic means.
          c. The Board is quorate when a simple majority of its members is present. Decisions are
              made by a simple majority.
 Equality of votes in a decision means rejection.

          d. Ordinary Board meetings do not necessarily have to be location-specific; they can also
              be conducted through video or telephone conferences.

          e. Board decisions can, with a deadline, be made by majority through a circular resolution
              (in writing and/or electronically) and the proposal must be sent in writing or electronically
              to all Board members beforehand.
 A circular resolution must be confirmed and put on
              the agenda of the next Board meeting.

           f. Representatives among individual Board members through delegation of voting rights
              are not permissible.

§ 13 Dissolution of the Association

1. The dissolution of the association takes place by decision of the General Assembly with at
three-quarters of the cast votes when more than half of the members are present in
 For the General Assembly deciding on the dissolution of the association, the
          transfer of voting 
rights by individual members to other members is excluded.
          invitation to the General Assembly deciding on the dissolution of the association must
  announce the dissolution of the association as an agenda item.
 In case of the General
          Assembly being unable to make decisions, the Board is obligated to convene another
          General Assembly within four weeks, with the same agenda (dissolution of the 
          This assembly is then quorate regardless of the number of attending members. This

          should be particularly highlighted in the invitation to this second General Assembly.

      2. Upon dissolution, a decision must be made on the use of the association’s assets, which
          are to be 
allocated to projects serving the purpose of the association.