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Zeljko Karajica

CEO 7Sports, Unterföhring

Zeljko Karajica has held various management positions within the ProSiebenSat. 1 Group since 2012. Since July 2016, he has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of 7Sports and is responsible for the Group's entire sports business. At the same time, he manages the business of the event agency MMP GmbH, a subsidiary and important business branch of 7Sports. As a member of the management board, he was previously responsible for Adjacent & Distribution at ProSiebenSat. 1 TV Deutschland GmbH. Before joining the ProSiebenSat. 1 Group, he studied economics and political science and was Managing Director of SPORT1 GmbH (formerly DSF) from July 2009. Further previous positions as Managing Director: Constantin Sport Medien GmbH, the creative agency Brandsome GmbH, PLAZAMEDIA GmbH and the creative agency CREATION CLUB (CC) GmbH. Prior to that, he was head of Creative Services at the pay-TV broadcaster Premiere (now called Sky). Karajica started his professional career as a presenter at OK-Radio in Hamburg and as a freelance editor at RTL and VOX.

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Barbara Simon

Creative Director & Brand Consultant, Munich

Born 1962 in St. Louis/Missouri. From 1980 to 1984 she studied graphic design and from 1984 to 1986 she studied computer graphics at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. From 1990 to 1991 she worked in the graphics department of Tele 5 in Munich, responsible for all design and on-air promotion activities. From 1992 to 1996 Art Director at SZM Studios, manufacturing company and production company of ProSieben in Unterföhring, responsible for the graphic design of various stations such as ProSieben, kabel eins, DSF and H. O. T. From 1996 to 1997 Art Director for on-air and off-air promotion as well as design of the station and the programmes of kabel eins. From 1998 to 2000 head of on-air promotion at kabel eins. From April 2000 Art Director for Marketing at ProSieben Television. From 2001 to 2003, together with Imke Deigner, head of the marketing department at ProSieben Television. From June 2003 to March 2004 Creative Director ProSieben Television. From March 2004 to July 2005 Head of Creative Solutions ProSiebenSat. 1 Production, responsible for on-air promotion, on-air design, advertising and audio design. At the same time, Creative Director of the ProSiebenSat. 1 Media AG channels. From August 2005 to January 2007 Creative Director at NBC Universal Global Networks Germany. There she was responsible for marketing, on-air and off-air promotion and design of the German channels. Since then she has worked as a freelance creative director and brand consultant.

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​Alex Hefter

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​Corinna Kamphausen

CEO Eyes & Ears of Europe, Cologne

Born in 1967 in Cologne. From 1987 to 1994, business studies at University of Cologne. From 1995 to 2000, project manager marketing and head of cross-promotion in the area of marketing/promotion at RTL in Cologne. From 2000 to 2006, communication consultant for cultural institutions/TV. In this function, project manager for RTL CREATION and in the area of sales for Center TV. From 2006 to 2008, commercial consultant at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair, where she was responsible for ProWein, hogatec and food trade fairs. Then became campaign manager DSL & deputy head of marketing at 1&1 Internet in Montabaur. Subsequently, communication consultant for media, agencies and trade fairs. She has worked in the areas of project management, management marketing, sales and press for Neonred Group GmbH and others. Since May 2012, CEO of Eyes & Ears of Europe.

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​Prof. Björn Bartholdy

Director Cologne Game Lab Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Professor for Media Design

Born in 1965 in Stuttgart. Studied design from 1987 to 1991 at MERZ-Akademie in Stuttgart (degree). From 1992 to 1994 media design studies at Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne (degree). At the same time freelancer for BR, RTL, VOX and VIVA. From 1994 to 2002 managing director of the design agency cutup, which has been part of the Bertelsmann group (Empolis) by the middle of 1999. From August 2002 to November 2004 managing director of verytv - communication & content. From 2000 to 2003 project manager of the course of study Virtual Design at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Since May 2003 professor for Audiovisual Design at KISD - Köln International School of Design in Cologne. Since the summer semester 2014 Director Cologne Game Lab (Cologne University), Professor of Media Design.

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​Claus Grimm

Head of Programme Presentation and Broadcasting Director Deutsche Welle, Berlin

Born in 1959 in Göttingen. Studied law from October 1979 to June 1985 at the Freie Universität Berlin and did his legal internship (for his state examination for law) from October 1985 to June 1988. RIAS BERLIN from August 1988 to March 1993, finally as head of the department of legal affairs, fees and licences. With Deutsche Welle DW-TV in Berlin since April 1993, firstly as head of television management. From 1999 to May 2014, head of the promotion & design division, responsible for schedule planning, transmissions, on-air promotion and design as well as advertising. Since May 2014 Head of Programme Presentation and Broadcasting Director.

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Volker Jungbäck

Head of Programme Promotion Bayerisches Fernsehen, Munich

Born in 1958 in Munich. Studied law and media marketing (BAW). Since 1988, various activities at Bayerischer Rundfunk. Since 1999 editor-in-chief in the programme promotion department at Bayerisches Fernsehen. Since 2002 Lecturer at ARD/ZDF Medienakademie. Since 2012 Lecturer at the private university 'the media academy'. From 2014 lecturer at the University of Amberg / Weiden.

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Elmar Krick


Elmar Krick has worked for NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS since 2005. As Brand Director he is responsible for the design of the On Air and marketing performances of all stations of NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS in Germany. On national and international festivals and creative competitions he and his team have won numerous awards. Other important stations in his career were the Walt Disney Company (Germany), PLAZAMEDIA and the trade magazine KEYS, which he co-designed as deputy editor. Krick studied music at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf and is Dipl.-Ing. (FH) for audio and video engineering.

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​Björn Klimek

Creative Director Promotion/Advertising RTL CREATION, Cologne

Born in 1970 in Cologne. Studied visual communication and graphic design in Düsseldorf. From 1992 to 1995, freelance on-air promotion producer at RTL in Cologne. 1995: film editor at RTL. From 1996 to 1997, producer and head of "Prime-Time" unit at HOP – House of Promotion in Cologne. 1998 freelance producer and advertising director. 1999 founder of SCREENWORKS Köln GmbH, managing director until 2005. Since 2005 Creative Director of On-Air Promotion and Advertising at RTL CREATION in Cologne.

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​Frank Schneider

Director & CEO Filmstyler Pictures, Frankfurt/Main

Apprenticeship as photographer. Subsequently employed at international advertising agencies with a main focus on conception and text. Assistant to various directors in advertising and feature films. Since 1995, conception and direction of music videos. Since 1998, director for advertising and TV design. Lecturer for film design at Fachhochschule in Mainz. Since 2007, lecturer at Texterschmiede in Hamburg. Since 2009, guest lecturer at Hochschule Darmstadt.

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​Lars Wagner

Vice President & General Manager Disney Channels, The Walt Disney Company GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)

Lars Wagner (42) is responsible for the entire Disney family of channels in free and pay TV in Germany as General Manager Disney Channel. This includes the broadly aligned Free TV Disney Channel, launched in January 2014 with new positioning, as well as the pay TV channels Disney Junior, Disney XD and Disney Cinemagic.

Wagner has been at Disney since 2008 has held positions such as the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Publishing for GSA in addition to his TV functions. Prior to joining Disney, he worked at Discovery Networks Germany, where he was Channel Director for the entire station portfolio from 2005 including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery History and DMAX.

Before that the Austrian-born was Managing Director at the TV branding and design agency Bruce Dunlop & Associates, Creative Director at Universal Studios Networks Germany and Head of On-Air Promotion Design at ProSieben.

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​Prof. Manfred Becker

Creative Consultant, Cologne

Born in 1946 in Cologne. Studied visual communication in Wuppertal. From 1970 to 1972, TV designer for WDR Television in Cologne. From 1972 to 1974, art director and photographer for the music magazine "Sounds". From 1974 to 1985, design studio for TV/print design with a partner in Cologne. At the same time, rock music event photography and publications in books and music magazines. From 1985 to 1987, art director for a women's magazine published by Heinrich Bauer Verlag. Since 1988, at RTL TELEVISION in Cologne – first art director then creative director/head of presentation, responsible for TV design and on-air promotion. From January 2001 until December 2002, chairman of the management board and creative managing director for RTL CREATION, responsible for all design, promotion and advertising measures of RTL TELEVISION. From 2003 to 2012, creative consultant for the RTL GROUP and international media companies. From 2002 to 2008, mentor and lecturer at ifs – internationale filmschule at Cologne. Since 1998, professor for motion design at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. From 1997 to end of 2011, president of Eyes & Ears of Europe. Since 2012, honorary chairman of Eyes & Ears of Europe.

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​Prof. Mag. Gustav Lohrmann

Art Director, Vienna

Born in 1948 in Vienna. From 1970 to 1974, teacher training for art education at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna (teacher's degree) as well as studies at the Arts Faculty of the University of Vienna (M.A.). Then teacher for art education at the Kollegium Kalksburg. From 1979 to 1983 consultant and parliamentary club secretary in the Ministry for Education and Art. From 1979 to 1983, worked in the Ministry for Education and Art. From 1983 to 1987, chief of the cabinet of the vice chancellor, then one
year in the department for public relations of the Chancellery. From 1988 to 1993, head of artistic realisation for ORF in Vienna, responsible for graphics and stage design. From 1994 to 2010, art director for ORF. From 2003 to 2010, also head of the ORF department design and presentation. From 1999 to end of 2011, treasurer of Eyes & Ears of Europe. Since 2012, honorary chairman of Eyes & Ears of Europe.

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​Oliver Kühn

Head of Finance and Organisation Olympia-Verlag, Nuremberg

Training as industrial manager and business management studies in Aachen. First professional experience as accountant and controller in the Old Economy. Move to the media industry in 1993. From 1993 to 1995, controller of production and technology for RTL Television GmbH in Cologne. From 1996 to 2002, commercial manager, responsible for the foundation, development and consolidation of the RTL subsidiary RTL CREATION GmbH. From 2003 to 2013, commercial manager of the publishing house PPV Medien in Munich. Since January 2014 Head of Finance and Organisation at the Olympia-Verlag in Nuremberg.

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​Martin Janev

Chief of Staff Design & Marketing SRF, Zürich

Born in 1983 in Vinica, Macedonia. Following commercial training, studied business management with a concentration in public and non-profit management at the University of Lucerne. From 2002 to 2005, accountant and auditor in the trust field. In 2008, moved to the media company SF Schweizer Fernsehen in Zurich. Chief of staff and controller of the design department from 2008 to 2010. Since 2011, chief of the design staff at SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen.

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​Sanela Smailhodzic

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​Alan James & Jo Wilkinson

Jo Wilkinson & Alan James, Directors James&Wilkinson Media, London.

Jo and Alan are the founding directors of James&Wilkinson Media (JWM), a company established in April 2011 to help fill the void in the shortage of media planning skills found within the broadcasting arena. In 1998 they started working together at the BBC where they were responsible for the on-air media strategy, planning and implementation of all of the BBC’s marketing across their vast array of public service TV, Radio & online services. In 2011, Jo & Alan founded JWM, offering amongst its services, consultancy and training. In the relatively short period of time since launch JWM have worked with broadcasters in over twenty countries across four contintents. Alan and Jo have also been regular speakers at international media conferences.

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​Andreas Nisiropoulos

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​Andreas Höss

Creative Director Red Bull Media House, Salzburg/Wals

1987/88 Studies of Journalism at University Salzburg. (B.A.) From 1989 to 1991, Apprenticeship Graphic Design in Salzburg. (Diploma). From 1991 to 1994 Studies of Computer Animation/ Mass Communication at BGSU University of Bowling Green/OhioState. (M.A) 1996 Digital Master, Digital Professional Silicon Studio. 1994 Internship Animation for Disney in Florida and Pixar in San Francisco. 1994/95 Digital Artist for ILM in San Francisco. 1995/96 Graphic Designer/Art Direction for Grill & Gull Thompson in Salzburg and Vienna. From 1996 to 1998 Head Artist for Silicon Graphics and Silicon Studio Europe. From 1998 to 2000 Unit Manager for ID-Media. From 2001 to 2006 Creative Director and founder CEO of bluue. From 2006 to 2008 Creative Director for M2ac. From 2008 to 2012 Head of Graphics for Red Bull Media House in Wals near Salzburg. Since 2012 Creative Director at Red Bull Media House.

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​Inka Kardys

CEO / Creative Director UMBRUCH gestaltung, Munich​

Born in 1960 in Warsaw. Studied arts and graphics in Paris and Munich. Between 1987 and 1992 various art projects and exhibitions in Munich and Warsaw. Born 1960 in Warsaw. Studied arts and graphics in Paris and Munich. Between 1987 and 1992 also various art projects and exhibitions in Munich and Warsaw. From 1992 until 1996 designer at ProSieben and SZM Studios in Unterföhring. 1997 art director at Velvet Mediendesign in Munich. Since 1999 creative director and partner at Umbruch Gestaltung in Munich. From 2001 until 2003 also lecturer for animation graphics at 'Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst' in Hildesheim. 2004 seminar for film and graphic design students from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany within the framework of the film festival "Ost- und Mitteleuropäisches Filmfestival" (Lubuskie Lato Filmowe / Lubusk Film Summer).

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​Alexander Marchet

Unit Manager Producing Promotion & Advertising RTL CREATION, Cologne

Born in 1967 in Hagen. Studied production technology in Iserlohn. Trainee in the on-air promotion department of RTL 2 in Munich in 1994. Producer and promotion manager for Super RTL in Cologne from 1995 to 2000. Freelance producer in Madrid for clients such as 13TH STREET, Vía Digital and Telecino from July 2000 to May 2003. Freelance producer in Cologne from May 2003 to July 2004. Deputy chef producer at RTL CREATION in Cologne from August 2004 to December 2005. From January 2006 to May 2014 Head of on-air promotion at Schweizer Fernsehen in Zurich. Since June 2014 Unit Manager Producing Promotion & Advertising at RTL CREATION in Cologne.

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Eike Immisch

Head of Marketing & On-Air-Promotion, Discovery Communications Germany, Munich

Born in 1972. Studied business management at the University of Cologne. During this time assistant of production for the "Harald Schmidt Show" produced by Brainpool in Cologne. Then producer on-air promotion for VIVA in Cologne. From September 1999 on writer/producer for Walt Disney Television International (Germany) in Munich, from April 2004 on senior writer/producer and with this responsible for trailers and on-air campaigns for the channels Disney Channel, Toon Disney and Playhouse Disney. Since December 2005 on-air promotion manager at Discovery Communications Germany. Responsible for the whole on-air promotion of the channels Discovery Channel, Discovery Geschichte, Animal Planet and Discovery HD.

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​Robertino Windisch

Head of Programme-Marketing ZDF, Mainz

Born in 1971. Studied business administration with a major in marketing in Mainz. From 1994 to 1995, scientific assistant at the marketing faculty in Mainz. From 1995 to 1997, editorial assistant at HR Aktuelles at ZDF. In 1997, founded the A&T casting and communication GmbH; remained partner and managing director until 2002. From 2002 to 2007, promotion producer at ZDF. In 2007/08, deputy head of on-air promotion at ZDF. From 2008 to 2012, head of on-air promotion at ZDF in Mainz. Since 2012 Head of Programme Marketing.

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​Benjamin Kerneck

Managing Director, BDA Creative München

Benjamin studied Business Administration and Media Management focusing on Marketing, Strategy and Human Resources. He has over 10 years in media account managing, branding, marketing, design and production whilst working for Creation Club, Sky Deutschland, Opium Effect and BDA Creative. Benjamin, along with Philipp Wundt, took over BDA Creative GmbH in 2014.​

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​Maximilian Kock

Professor of Audio Production, Department of Media Technology and Production Eastern Bavarian Institute of Technology, Amberg-Weiden

Born in 1965 in Karlsruhe. Studied audio engineering and image technology in Dusseldorf (qualified engineer). Worked as a sound engineer at Deutschlandfunk radio in Cologne, Radio NRW in Oberhausen and as a video editor for music videos in the Rockamerica Studios in New York City. From 1994 to 2001, head of the music editorial staff /audio design at ProSieben. From 2001 to 2008, executive producer for audio design at ProSiebenSat.1Produktion in Unterföhring. Since 1 December 2008, professor for audio production in the Department of Media Technology and Media Production at the College for Applied Sciences in Amberg-Weiden (HAW).

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​Dr. Anselm C. Kreuzer

Freelance Composer and Musicologist, Cologne

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​Karl Weege

Head of Text & Sound of the On-Air Promotion ARTE, Strasbourg

Studied music in Frankfurt/Main. Subsequently worked as a pianist. From 1998 to 1992, director of the sound department at Theater am Turm in Frankfurt/Main. Since 1992 at ARTE in Strasbourg, initially as audio designer and sound director; since 2008, director of text and sound, then Head of Programme Promotion.

Since 2013 Head of Text & Sound for the entire programme offered by the station.

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​Guido Ahnert

Project Manager Design MDR, Leipzig

Born 1962 in Chemnitz. Studied industrial design at Halle University of Arts and Design, Burg Giebichenstein. Diploma 1988. In 1992, TV Designer for MDR in Leipzig; since 2001 Head of Project Management for Design. 1998 to 2006, 2014 lectureships on the subjects of interactive system design, computer animation, electronic media and typography at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Dresden and Mittweida and at Halle University of Arts and Design, Burg Giebichenstein. 2006, 2013 visiting professor for computer animation at Halle University of Arts and Design, Burg Giebichenstein. Work on styles of lettering and typography since FUSE 95.

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Prof. Ralf Lobeck

​Creative Director »Lobeck – Motion Concept«

Professor of Visual Communication AMD Academie Fashion & Design, Düsseldorf

Dean of Studies »Visual and Corporate Communication (B.A.), AMD Academy Fashion & Design

Studied Visual Communications at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and at the University of California in Los Angeles (Bachelor). TV designer at WDR in Cologne and Düsseldorf. Since 2009 at RTL in Cologne, most recently senior art director at RTL CREATION. 2009/10 creative director at Bruce Dunlop Associates in Munich. Founded Lobeck | motion concept as a studio for brand experiences in image, sound and space in 2011. Since 2011 Professor of visual communication at the AMD Academy of Fashion and Design, Düsseldorf. Special teaching post and workshops in the field of typography/motion design at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg,Bergischen Universität Wuppertal, FH Dortmund, FH Düsseldorf, KISD Köln, IFS Köln FH Salzburg, ZHdK Zürich and more. Lectures at the Typo Berlin, at the Forum Typographie, at Eyes & Ears of Europe and at numerous national and international colleges. Various national and international awards.

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Susanne Mikulski

Copywriter RTL CREATION, Cologne

Born in 1969. Studied theatre, film and television at Ruhruniversität in Bochum (M.A.). Thereafter, magazine editor. Since 1999, copywriter at RTL CREATION.

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​Florian Grünewald

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​Sabine Kreft

Head of Communication SUPER RTL, Cologne