French producer Yves Marmion was elected as the new Chairman of the EuropeanFilm Academy (EFA) on the eve of the weekend's European Film Awards ceremony.

Marmion has taken over from NikPowell who had been serving as EFA's Acting Chairmansince the sudden and unexpected death of the previous Chairman producer Humbert Balsan last February.

Marmion, who created the production company UGC YM afterhaving been in charge of production at UGC Images from 1991, has worked on internationalproductions such as Arizona Dream(1995), Une Femme Francaise(1995), The Chambermaid On The Titanic (1998), East-West (2000), and TheDaltons (2004).