After studying history of art, film and television and anthropology work as a film critic and author of almost 20 books about cinema and actors. In the eighties co-founder of a production company which produced special interest programs for German TV. In the late eighties co-founder of second company for post- and film-production. Co-writer, director and producer of several documentaries about German cinema and TV. 1992 commissioning editor in the cinema department of ARTE in Strasbourg, 1994 head of this department. 2000 move to German broadcaster ZDF to direct their ARTE film department (ZDF is one of ARTE’s shareholder and acquires and co-produces movies and series for the French-German cultural channel). Since 2017 head of fiction ZDF/arte.
Member of juries in Guadalajara, Sarajevo, Sao Paulo, Thessaloniki, Tallinn, Istanbul and other festivals. Tutor and expert at Mediterranean Film Business School, EAVE, EAVE programs “Ties that bind” (Busan, Udine) and “Interchange” (Dubai), ACE-Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, ifs – International Film School Cologne and Bela Tarr’s Film Factory.
ZDF/arte’s film department co-produced the films of directors like Sergei Dvortsevoy, Marco Belocchio, Lars von Trier, Roy Andersson, Elai Suleyman, Eran Riklis, Olivier Assayas, Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante, Semih Kaplanoglu, Yesim Ustaoglu, Syllas Tsoumerkas, Andrea Staka, Barbara Albert, Jessica Hausner, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Srdan Golubovic and many others.
Since February 2019 consultant, lecturer, tutor and producer.