Jury Coordinators

We were the PRIX EUROPA 2016 Coordinators:

Television Categories

TV Documentary

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Alena Müllerová

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I have twenty years’ experience in Czech Television where I was in charge of the Centre of documentary, journalistic and educational production. I cooperated on the preparation of a programming scheme and many successful television formats. I have been working as a producer, script editor and screenwriter mainly with documentary cinema (e.g. cooperation with Czech Director Helena Třeštíková on her time collection projects). Today I am a creative producer in Czech Television and I deal with different genres from documentaries to TV drama. In my free time I am writing novels with autobiographical elements.

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‘Last year it was my first time at PRIX EUROPA and I was excited about the opportunity to participate in such an interesting and inspiring event. It was very surprising to see all these European TV programmes side by side and compare what is different and what is similar among countries.
I am honoured to have the possibility to be a coordinator of TV documentary this year.’

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Claudia Schreiner

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Studies in American History, Political Science and Archaeology in Cologne and New York. 1979 M.A. at Columbia University, NYC, 1984 Ph.D. at the University of Cologne. Worked for ZDF – German Television and other broadcasters in different functions – reporter, anchor woman and correspondent in Washington. From 1994 to 2000 Head of Programme Family/Current affairs, since 2000 Head of Programme Culture/Science, responsible for non-fiction programme and documentaries in History, Society and Wildlife at MDR/ARD, Leipzig. My department won several prizes for documentaries, among them Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Grimmepreis and a nomination for the Oscars.

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‘In a world that is rapidly changing, the need for understanding the growing complexity and inner coherences of conflicts and situations is urgent.
Documentaries may function as a window to the world or as a mirror – both, the undiluted truth or the perception of it have an impact on the viewer and, thus, may also change the world. Europeans - being part of and in the focus of a world wide conflict - would do well to pay attention to the art of documentary film making. The PRIX EUROPA festival encourages film makers to take part in the effort to make the world a better place. I feel honoured to be part of this community of devoted and enthusiastic documentary junkies and look forward to this year’s edition of PRIX EUROPA.’

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TV Fiction

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Pekka Ruohoranta

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During the last years I have had the wonderful opportunity to learn the principles of the third platform for fiction stories: Yle Drama has developed new online projects and radio podcasts. Still most of my working hours I am producing more traditional TV and radio productions both in-house and outhouse. I am happy that I can work in different genres, from crime to comedy in TV, from missing person’s documentaries to political satire in radio.

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‘How soon will VOD or podcast be the main publishing platform for public broadcasters? In the near future we will publish all TV series as online catalogues and every episode will be available immediately on the opening evening. But in every platform our goal is to get the audience anxious to see every new episode – right away or broadcasted in its slot next week again. This is the Great Era of Fiction. Stories – in the great tradition of good storytelling or as fragmentary pieces – work and gain audiences.
I am honoured to have the chance to be the Coordinator of the TV Fiction jury together with my great colleague Thorsten Ritsch. We will have a great time watching and discussing the best European TV series and films.’

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Thorsten Ritsch

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After studying journalism, I realised that I prefer pure fictional storytelling over writing journalistic texts. So I got myself several almost unpaid internships on different film sets and learned about filmmaking and storytelling hands on. Later, I worked as a junior producer for several production companies and became commissioning editor for German Television ZDF in 2006. Since then I am responsible for developing and producing TV movies and series, e.g. the PRIX EUROPA 2013 winner of Best European TV Fiction Series: ‘Generation War’.

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‘It is an honour and a great pleasure to have the chance to be TV Fiction Jury Coordinator for the PRIX EUROPA 2016. The jubilee PRIX EUROPA, 30 years of exchange, discussions and face to face meetings with colleagues and creative talents from all over Europe. I believe that getting to know each other in a pleasant environment, and having a good time and interesting talks with other Europeans, has become more important than ever in times when Europe seems more fragile than it has been for years. I am looking forward to this opportunity and to watching some of the best European programmes made in the last 12 months.’

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TV Current Affairs

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Inger Sunde

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As a child I wanted to see the world. Growing up I wanted to change the world. Then I saw the possibility to unite these two wishes. Through journalism and storytelling I have been out there and my stories have made a difference. My proudest moments have been when people get justice and laws are changed because of my journalism. Having a distanced humorous glance on my rich home country, Norway, is one of my trademarks as a storyteller. The last five years I have made documentaries in the investigative journalism programme, Brennpunkt, NRK. My films have achieved national and international recognition. Last year I was the lucky winner of the PRIX EUROPA Best European Current Affairs Programme with the documentary ‘A Nobel cause’. The film is now sold to several European countries.

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‘This year will be my fourth year in Berlin and PRIX EUROPA. For the first time without my own film. I will use my experience from the jury to lead the jury in a good way. I very much look forward to see films, have interesting discussions, have a beer and make new friends and connections. ’

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TV IRIS

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Mo Asumang

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First of all I am an Activist! – from the bottom of my heart - then Producer, Director, TV Host, Writer and developer of TV Formats. My biggest work was hosting a TV Show for a great audience of two to three million people every week.
A death threat by a Neo-Nazi brought me to produce and direct documentaries ‘Roots Germania’ and ‘The Aryans’ - since then I have not stopped making films. In between Roman Polanski asked me to play in his film ‘The Ghost Writer’. My life is not boring at all. To give some food to my soul I also lecture at schools and universities worldwide about issues of racism and new ways to help people come together.

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‘After being nominated for TV IRIS before - now being part of PRIX EUROPA again - is an honour. TV IRIS is one of Europe’s most important platforms for makers to meet - a major chance to create more activism and discussion on diversity - a great platform to hone our instincts and intuition as film makers – and in order to find the best film that can raise the discussion to a universal level and create understanding - in these stirring days.
I am looking forward to being part of the Jury!’

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Erik Hogenboom

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I studied Political Science at the University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands. After my graduation I worked for about ten years as a freelance documentary radio maker and was awarded several times for my radio work. At present I am the chief editor at the Diversity Department of the Dutch public broadcaster NTR, coordinating weekly TV programmes with a focus on diversity. For the EBU-Intercultural Diversity Group I am the executive producer of the international coproduction ‘City Folk’, portraying ordinary people of different ethnic backgrounds and as such reflecting the intercultural melting pots of the big cities around the world.

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‘How do European societies cope with the growing ethnic and religious diversity? How will Fortress Europe tackle the increasing flow of desperate refugees? How do we deal with a growing Muslim population in a basically profane society? After 20 years of TV IRIS as a special category at PRIX EUROPA, these questions seem to be more urgent than ever. As a consequence there is an increasing responsibility of (public) broadcasters, filmmakers and reporters to deal with diversity issues in their stories. In the past years TV IRIS has become an important platform to collect these stories from all over Europe and will be indispensable for many years to come.’

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Radio Categories

Radio Documentary

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Vaida Pilibaityté

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I started out as a reporter for a weekend broadcast of the Lithuanian National Radio back in 2000. This is where I discovered the power of sound in radio and had lots of fun putting together stories that were supposed to trigger one’s imagination. Later on, the newsroom taught me to think fast, write in short and generalise. But I have always enjoyed a chance to figure out the slow, complicated and specific issues much more. Today I am a producer and host of an award-winning weekly radio programme on science and environment. I am also a regular contributor to a news-feature on foreign affairs and coordinate radio documentary series that run several times a year on the LRT RADIO.

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‘I am humbled, honoured and excited to join the PRIX EUROPA team this year. In the past, similar gatherings of radio feature makers have been both intense and rewarding experiences. A year of what matters the most, what moves and inspires people from all over Europe – packed into one week! There will be so much to learn. I expect nothing less this time around.’

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Mikkel Rønnau

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I am a feature and documentary maker from Copenhagen working for the National Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the production company Filt. This is my first PRIX EUROPA and I am very honoured to be allowed to participate. I did my first documentary in 2014 about the last Danish troops in Afghanistan. Since then I have been addicted to this kind of radio. Some of the latest productions I have done is Queen of the Night (podcast), 3900 Nuuk (a radio advent calendar from Greenland) and I just finished a feature series for a weekly feature programme called The Backcountry DR P1 from Appalachia, USA.

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‘Five days of sitting together listening to the best radio from all over the world, exchanging experiences, tastes and cheers is something very special. Especially in these days where great radio features are sprawled out all over the world, not only from the classic broadcasters, but from independent publishers, newspapers and many more. A good radio feature is like a rhythmic groove with paper thin shades of different accents that gently pushes the wave in different directions making it an unpredictable and alluring ride for the listener.’

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Radio Fiction

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Kevin Brew

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I’m a radio producer working in RTÉ Radio 1 in Dublin, Ireland. Initially I made arts and culture programmes; and for a little while, programmes about sound itself, until 2009, when I joined my colleagues in RTÉ Drama On One to start making radio fiction. Words, performance and sound design all fascinate me, whether I’m obsessively whispering to a tiny waveform in a Dublin studio, or listening to the best plays of the year at the ‘Haus des Rundfunks’.

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‘This is my second time as a PRIX EUROPA Coordinator and I am honoured and delighted. In the past I’ve been inspired by the surprises in our PRIX EUROPA listening room: plays that dialogue with the lyrics of Fats Domino; plays that feature characters who refuse to speak at all; radio adaptations of ‘The Company of Wolves’; and even plays that give voice to hospital germs (a musical, if memory serves). Above all, the PRIX EUROPA is a pop-up university for programme-makers, a vital opportunity to celebrate and get better at what we do.’

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Dmitry Nikolaev

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I work as a drama director at Radio Russia. Theatre is my background and I direct on stage sound art performances and TV movies. I had the pleasure to make plays for different radio stations in various countries. I am directing a drama series (since 12 years / 2 episodes per month) in which we try to talk to children about world culture not in the most boring way. My regular programme ‘Metaphysics of Sound’ invites listeners into the amazing Ars Acustica world. And I really love to work together with cool young directors and actors in my practical radio courses at the theatre academy GITIS.

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‘PRIX EUROPA is a place to study and to learn from my fellow programme makers how to express myself in audio language. It is kind of a school or academy. There’s no single idea or one statement in this study. It’s not one melody concert but a polyphonic composition for many voices and themes. Any idea and every way of speaking may dominate this or that year. I think diversity is the main trend in audio fiction today. This means we’re ready for the future. Variability is a prerequisite for evolution, according to Darwin. So we shall overcome modern dinosaurs. Come on guys!’

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Radio Current Affairs

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Kees van den Bosch

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I am a research journalist. Since 1997 I work for ‘Argos’, a well known investigative programme in the Netherlands, broadcasted by NPO-Radio1, the Dutch national news and sports-broadcast. Since 2008, I am editor-in-chief at Argos.
We broadcast a revealing story every week and we do that with a team of seven journalists. Main themes are health care, human rights, nuclear energy, Dutch support of military operations and intelligence services. We are not afraid of telling difficult stories about difficult subjects, and we think that all that can be done in a way that you inform the listener and keep him listening.
Before Argos I worked as a freelance journalist, writing as well as making radio-documentaries.

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‘I love radio. And I love telling stories.
The best research stories are the ones which at least one party does not want to be told. Revealing stories about abuse of power, mismanagement or straight corruption - stories in which the ones in power are critically followed and the powerless are being heard.
For a good democracy research journalists are important players. We have a very strong responsibility to do our work thoroughly, exactly and respectfully. Especially in times where information is a commodity that is strongly manipulated by many forces. And where the Internet and social media are easily spreading rumours, lies and conspiracies.
I look forward to hear inspiring documentaries in Berlin!’

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Radio Music

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Miikka Maunula

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I work as an Executive Producer in the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle. I am responsible for classical music programmes on radio, tv and internet. Currently I am also a chair of the EBU.

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‘Radio and Music – What a couple! I can’t see that this combination would have many threats ahead. I’m happy that PRIX EUROPA is developing the content of radio music programmes even further. In Radio Music Category we hear more and more usage of the strong elements of this medium: emotion, intelligence, rhythm, sound and companionship. We also hear talented people giving the best they have for the listeners.
Competitions like PRIX EUROPA bring the latest trends to the eyes and ears of broadcasting specialists. Eventually these new waves end up to listeners and viewers throughout the continent. There is a good reason for get together once a year in Berlin.’

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Digital Audio

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Robert Ketteridge

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I am Head of Arts, Documentaries and Drama for BBC Radio & Music Production and genre leader for radio documentaries. I grew up in Manchester, studied English at university and joined the BBC as a trainee in local radio news. I worked for several years as a producer of arts programmes and documentaries and in 2003 become Editor of the Documentaries Unit, looking after a wide range of programmes including series with the British Museum such as A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation. Today my responsibilities continue to include documentaries and arts and I also help to manage the radio drama teams in London and Birmingham.

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‘The new Digital Audio category recognises the rapidly changing world of audio content in terms of how it’s created, how it’s distributed and the creative possibilities for it. Podcasters, radio producers, journalists and many kinds of digital content creators, long-standing and start-up, are revolutionising the range and diversity of creative audio available to both existing and new generations of listeners. I am delighted to be Jury Coordinator for this important new prize in its inaugural year.’

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Online Category

Online Category

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Kåre Vedding Poulsen

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I am a cross media manager in Danish Broadcasting Corporation and have been working with cross platform/interactive projects for more than 10 years. I also hold an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

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‘The digital revolution and changes in user habits force all public broadcasters to rethink what public service should be in the future. The necessary move from a broadcasting to a more user oriented mind-set is scary and uncomfortable for a lot of us, but at its centre lies a great opportunity to create stronger relation to our users. We can create brand new types of content and build empowerment in new ways through dialogue based initiatives. Fundamentally, I think that the big change happening is not technological, that is just our tool. The big challenge to all Public Service institutions is:
Do we have the guts to change our mind-set and are we prepared to enter a real dialogue with our users and surroundings?’

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