Participant profile: Jochen Greve

In Germany, we meet screenwriter Jochen Greve.

Jochen Greve

Jochen Greve

Jochen was born in Bielefeld, Germany, and studied Communication Studies, Theatre Studies and History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (MA). He worked as an assistant director, cameraman, editor, location manager as well as a production manager and producer for various academic films and television movies.

Since the mid 1980s he worked as an advertisement writer. At the 36th International Advertising Film Festival in Cannes he was awarded the Silver Lion for his TV spot ‘Electricity’. Since the early 1990s he has concentrated on writing just for television and cinema. He received three German TV awards for Trickser.

He has written several popular and critically-acclaimed television movies as well as television series. His specialities are psychological and crime thrillers as well as intimate plays.

Since 2008 he’s been a member of the Administrative Board of the collecting society VG Wort, and since 2009 he’s been a member of the Board of the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (Screenwriters’ Guild of Germany).


Participant profile: Henner Merle

It’s time to meet German legal expert Henner Merle

Henner Merle

Henner Merle

Henner has studied German, European and International  law in Münster, Paris and Berlin.

He was a Scientific Assistant at the Institute  for International and European Law at Berlin Humboldt University from 1993 – 1995, and founded his own law firm in 1998.

From 2004 – 2009 he was the legal adviser of Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (Screenwriters Guild of Germany).

His legal focus is on cinematic and copyright law, press and media law, real estate and  property law.

Participant profile: Eva Inés Obergfell

It’s back to Germany to meet Dr. Eva Inés Obergfell.

Eva Inés Obergfell

Eva Inés Obergfell

Eva Inés Obergfell studied law at the Universities of Bielefeld (Germany), Strasbourg (France) and Konstanz (Germany).

She wrote her doctoral thesis on film copyright in substantive and private international law.

After her work as an attorney-at-law in Berlin, and as an assistant professor in Munich at the Technical University, she is currently holding a professorship at the RWTH Aachen University focusing on the research area of Private and International Business Law.

Participant profile: Anita Ondine

We jet into the UK to meet up with Anita Ondine.

Anita Ondine

Anita Ondine

After spending her early years in Sydney, Australia, Anita lived for a short period in the former Yugoslavia before moving to Tasmania, where Anita and her mother became deeply involved in the largest environmental battle in Australian history – the battle to save the Franklin River from being dammed.

This experience sowed the seeds of an ongoing commitment to telling stories that subvert accepted wisdom, and challenging the audience to think and act in different ways.

Anita graduated with Honors in Law at the Australian National University, where she specialised in intellectual property, technology and international law. Anita also holds a degree in Political Science and Modern European Languages.

Anita spent the majority of her professional career as a lawyer in the City of London where she advised major corporations such as Reuters on the development of their data licensing and internet platforms. Anita then joined Lehman Brothers where she performed a number of roles including legal advisory, operational risk management and held the role of Senior Vice President and European Chief Administrative Officer for 5 corporate divisions.

Anita is now CEO of Seize the Media, a company dedicated to the development, financing and production of entertainment properties in the Transmedia domain, including fully integrated feature films, web series, mobile micro-narratives and alternate reality games. Seize the Media also provides consulting and creative services to third parties on topics related to audience engagement and cross-platform story architecture.

Anita has written a book and several articles, and speaks internationally, on themes related to the intersection of technology, entertainment and business.

Despite living between London and New York for over a decade, Anita still identifies as being “from Tasmania” and likes to retreat there from time to time.

Participant profile: David Kavanagh

We’re in Ireland for a late, last swift one with David Kavanagh.

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh is the Executive Officer of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.

He has been Film Officer of the Irish Arts Council, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Institute, and General Secretary of the European Script Fund.

David is also a board member of the Light House Cinema Exhibition and Distribution Company. He is a board member of the Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe and a member of the Policy Review Group of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.

He is a member of the Irish Film and Television Academy and the European Film Academy.

Organiser profile: Amélie Clément

Let us find out about one of the powerhouses behind the conference: Amélie Clement.

Amélie Clément

Amélie Clément

Amélie studied History and History of Arts in Paris and Budapest.

She worked for several years in Arts management in France and Belgium, focused mostly in the field of Performing Arts on behalf of European cultural networks.

She now collaborates part-time with the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe.

On the artistic side, she freelances in illustration, comics and graphic design. Recently she and  Rommel Joson, a Filipino comics author, were awarded a grant by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), to create a comic together on the theme of mythologies and children’s school games. Last month they completed a ten-day residency at the Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, and recorded their progress on their blog.

Participant profile: Daniele Cesarano

We touch down in Italy, to meet screenwriter Daniele Cesarano.

Daniele Cesarano

Daniele Cesarano

Daniele Cesarano began his career as a feature film screenwriter and director, but soon turned to working with television serials: for 6 years he was the head writer of Canale 5’s best-selling crime series Distretto di Polizia (seasons 3 – 5) and RIS Delitti Imperfetti (seasons 1 – 3).

He then adapted for Fox Italia the Argentinian serial Mujeres Asesinas and wrote the six-episode miniseries Il mostro di Firenze (2009).

He is also the co-author of Sky Italia’s Romanzo criminale la serie (season 1 – 2).

Since 2008 Daniele has been president of Società Autori Cinema e Televisione (SACT – the Associated Writers of Cinema and Television).