Deputy head of documentaries (ARTE G.E.I.E.) since 2010, I am in charge of current affairs programs and feature length documentaries. Before I worked for 10 years as commissioning editor in the theme evening department. Recently I commissioned international coproductions as « The polish ambulance murders « (BBC/SVT and others), « René Magritte » (RTBF/ARTE), « Moon inside you » (ARTE/STV), « Sherpas – The true heroes of the Everest (SF/ARTE), “Dust – The asbestos trial” (ARTE/RTBF/TSI) or “Gas monopoly” (ORF/ARTE).
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As a public service television channel, ARTE showcases Europe’s rich cultural diversity. Its purpose is “to conceive and produce television programmes which, in a broad sense, are cultural and international in character and conducive to promoting understanding and cooperation between european nations”. Subdivided into three main companies: ARTE France, ARTE Deutschland, ARTE G.E.I.E., the group employs staff from France, Germany and other European countries. In both France and Germany, 95% of funding for the channel comes from the direct tax on home television sets. Based on an agreement between France and Germany, the channel is financed through the television licence fee in both countries. With its Europe-wide reach, ARTE has also developed a range of successful partnerships for co-production and exchange of programmes with the major European public service broadcasters.
ARTE G.E.I.E. - the Strasbourg headquarters is in charge of programme strategy, commissioning policy and scheduling. It is responsible for broadcasting and on-air promotion and provides the language services required for multilingual transmission. It also produces news, magazine programmes and some of the theme evenings. In addition to this, ARTE G.E.I.E. plans and co-ordinates public relations activities and manages relations with European partners.
ARTE, the “European cultural television” was founded in 1991. Its originality lays in the fact that it targets audiences from different cultural backgrounds, in particular French an German. It's heart beats to the pulse of European culture and the best that’s on the international scene. ARTE has always excelled and differentiated itself from other channels with its in-depth and hard hitting investigative programmes and this year has been no exception with offerings such as: “Our Daily Poison”, “The Berlusconi Files” and Günter Wallraff’s “Black on White – A Journey through Germany”, which have recently been honoured at the Grimme Awards and German Film Awards.
Area of responsibility (acquisition, pre-buy, co-production). Will it be the same next year? Please, specify if there are any changes planned:
Deputy head of documentaries, ARTE G.E.I.E. / Co-production (no acquisition, no pre-buy).
Documentary genre(s) programmed:
Current affairs, factual documentaries.
Number of hours annually commissioned/acquired:
Number of hours from international producers:
40-80.000 EUR for 52'.
Three recent examples of international co-productions commissioned or acquired (with country of origin):
Moon inside you (ARTE/STV), Sherpas – The true heroes of the Everest (SF/ARTE), Dust – The asbestos trial (ARTE/RTBF/TSI), Gas monopoly (ORF/ARTE).
Preference regarding the length and format (single/series):
Singles 52' - 90'.
What do you expect of the East Doc Platform?:
New formats, young ideas and interesting stories from eastern Europe.