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Before they moved into the Elbphilharmonic, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonic Orchestra performed all of the symphonies of the composer Brahms, a native of Hamburg, in the historic Laeiszhalle. The symphony is “a matter of life and...

Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonic Orchestra , ARTE, 2016

Before they moved into the Elbphilharmonic, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonic Orchestra performed all of the symphonies of the composer Brahms, a native of Hamburg, in the historic Laeiszhalle. The symphony is “a matter of life and death” Johannes Brahms once said. In 1876 his First Symphony in C-Minor op. 68 premiered in Karlsruhe, Germany, which he had been working on since 1862.  Not only was it his pedantry and perfectionism which made Brahms doubt the quality of his work, but also being overshadowed by Beethoven.


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The E. family of six from Lower Saxony in Germany have managed to achieve a moderate level of prosperity, but their cost of living expenses have continued to rise with every child they had. Now, they barely have enough money to buy food at the end of the month. Only with close...

Poor Rich Germany - Prosperity at Stake?, ZDF report, 2017

The E. family of six from Lower Saxony in Germany have managed to achieve a moderate level of prosperity, but their cost of living expenses have continued to rise with every child they had. Now, they barely have enough money to buy food at the end of the month. Only with close friends and relatives do the family talk about their financial situation and the fear of not being able to pay their bills. “It is a social taboo. You don’t want to be known as poor”, says mother Elona. Denise D., 38 years old, lives in Dresden, Germany with her husband and two children. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience and works at the university. Every other month she receives a new employment contract, sometimes she is even unemployed between two projects. Even family D. fear economic and social decline: the scientist can never be quite sure if she will receive a new employment contract; she and her family can never really plan a future in a permanent home. Income is irregular but expenses are constantly on the rise.  It is nearly impossible to save money or to build up reserves for the future, says family D.

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Nationwide there are approximately 250,000 employed police officers. About one percent has an immigrant background.  The share of immigrants among the general population, however, is about 20 percent. Therefore, the German police are far away from representing society as...

ZDF report - The Mulit-Culti Cops. On Patrol with Atakan and Nadja, one episode, ZDF, 2016

Nationwide there are approximately 250,000 employed police officers. About one percent has an immigrant background.  The share of immigrants among the general population, however, is about 20 percent. Therefore, the German police are far away from representing society as a whole. There can be no talk of multi-culturalism in uniform. Men and women with an immigrant background are therefore underrepresented within the police force. However, their number rises where men and women are recruited specifically from immigrant families. When it comes to police officers with immigrant backgrounds the federal states Berlin, Hamburg, North Rhine Westphalia, Hesse, Schleswig Holstein and Lower Saxony are trailblazers. They invest in advertising, job fairs and information evenings to inspire young immigrants to become police officers. This was a success in Lower Saxony. 160 of 1000 police cadets have an immigrant background. In the past, only Berlin was able to boast such an increase. Officers like Atakan Akdag (34 years old) and Nadja Poleschikova (28 years old) are amongst the new generation of police officers but are still seen as somewhat exotic. But officers such as Atakan and Nadja are desperately needed in a city like Hanover, which has a high percentage of foreigners. The ZDF report accompanies the two immigrants in uniform on patrol and witnesses their daily police stress at first hand – in Turkish and Russian.

Kommissare wie Atakan Akdag (34) und Nadja Poleschikova (28) gehören zu dieser neuen Generation von Beamten und sind noch immer Exoten. Dabei werden die beiden Streifenpolizisten gerade in Hannover, einer Stadt mit hohem Ausländeranteil, dringend gebraucht. 

Die ZDFreportage begleitet die beiden Migranten in Uniform bei ihren Streifenfahrten und erlebt den alltäglichen Polizeistress -  auf Türkisch und Russisch.

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Stories with socio-political topics straight from everyday life: In her new talk show presenter Dunja Hayali presents gripping reports and invites guests that really move us to her studio.  In order to do this, the TV presenter also leaves her studio to become immersed in...

ZDF Thursday-talk with Dunja Hayali, pilot and 4 episodes, ZDF, 2015

Stories with socio-political topics straight from everyday life: In her new talk show presenter Dunja Hayali presents gripping reports and invites guests that really move us to her studio.  In order to do this, the TV presenter also leaves her studio to become immersed in our society’s conflicted fields.  What moves people? Where are problems visible? What happens when you change perspective and become the victim instead of the bystander? This is a journey into German reality with authentic and surprising stories that are then discussed in the studio. Not only do victims get to tell their stories but decision-makers in politics and the business world are confronted with everyday problems in society as well.

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“Suddenly War? – An Experiment” is a new hybrid TV format including the components of a social experiment and game show.  At the level of the social experiment the development of conflicts and war are shown – the consequences however, are shown on...

Suddenly War? - An Experiment, 2x90 minutes, ZDFneo, 2015

“Suddenly War? – An Experiment” is a new hybrid TV format including the components of a social experiment and game show.  At the level of the social experiment the development of conflicts and war are shown – the consequences however, are shown on the game show level. The aggression, the fight, the war.  An expert on group dynamics, Christopher Lesko, uses various historical and current techniques of warfare and explains the resulting mechanisms to the viewer. Media manipulation, sabotage and propaganda are the core issues that show how easy it is to catapult two groups of complete strangers into a state of warfare – but also how to restore peace among them.

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It’s the world’s best known love story: Romeo and Juliet. No wonder then that composers like Berlioz, Gounod, Tchaikovsky or Prokofjew were fascinated by it. In the ARTE TV production “Discovering Music with Thomas Hengelbrock” chief conductor Thomas...

Discovering music with Thomas Hengelbrock, 2 episodes, ARTE, 2015

It’s the world’s best known love story: Romeo and Juliet. No wonder then that composers like Berlioz, Gounod, Tchaikovsky or Prokofjew were fascinated by it. In the ARTE TV production “Discovering Music with Thomas Hengelbrock” chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Symphony Orchestra showcase the music that was composed for Romeo and Juliet. At his side is TV presenter Alice Tumler and the French soprano Mélissa Petit. The unusual twist to this concert: Thomas Hengelbrock analyses and compares the compositions.  Because of his elucidations the world’s best known love story becomes “hearable”. It’s an expedition of discovery through the world of music. “Aha-effects” guaranteed! Even the atmosphere of this extraordinary TV production is full of surprises.  It takes place in the former Kampnagel-Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany. It is an innovative musical experience that takes us on a journey through the world of music and the timeless and touching love story of Romeo and Juliet.

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A complete outfit, including shoes and sunglasses, under 30 euros – how is this possible? TV presenter and reporter Collien Ulmen-Fernandes meets up with the two fashion aficionados Anne (18 years old) and Max (19 years old) and takes them on a journey that will change...

Real Time: High Prices for Cheap Clothing with Colline Ulmen-Fernandes, RTL II, 2015

A complete outfit, including shoes and sunglasses, under 30 euros – how is this possible? TV presenter and reporter Collien Ulmen-Fernandes meets up with the two fashion aficionados Anne (18 years old) and Max (19 years old) and takes them on a journey that will change their lives. The destination of this trip is the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.  Removed from the glittering world of a German shopping mall, the trio arrives in a loud and dirty slum. More than 400 of the country’s textile factories are located here where German fashion labels have their clothes produced – usually under harsh conditions. Anna and Max get an up-close look at the tough life of the workers who get paid a barely subsistence wage to manufacture clothes for the western world. Will it change their outlook and the way they deal with fashion?

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The social-factual format „The Racist in us”, broadcast on ZDFneo, reveals how racism works and how it feels to be discriminated and humiliated and how fast the idea of belonging to more intelligent, superior groups can manifest itself. In the program “The...

The Racist in us, one episode, ZDFneo, 2014

The social-factual format „The Racist in us”, broadcast on ZDFneo, reveals how racism works and how it feels to be discriminated and humiliated and how fast the idea of belonging to more intelligent, superior groups can manifest itself. In the program “The Racist in us” people are systematically discriminated based on a randomly chosen characteristic. They experience what emotions people have to deal with if there are discriminated solely because of the color of their skin, their ethnic origin, their religion or their sexual preference.  Thus the protagonists experience what it means to be excluded during the course of the workshop and little by little they enhance their sensibility for situations in which they themselves exclude other people or even help to discriminate others based on a lack of solidarity.  On the other hand, protagonists experience how it feels to discriminate others. Together with TV host Amiaz Habtu, the social psychologist Dr. Juliane Degner and the social science professor Dr. Mark Schrödter monitor the workshop run by diversity coach Jürgen Schlichter. The experts explain the mechanisms of discrimination and highlight why the protagonists discriminate, what consequences this has for the people concerned and how important sharing a feeling of solidarity with these people is. Therefore, “The Racist in us” makes us focus more clearly on discrimination in Germany and shows that integration is only made possible by a concerted effort on both sides.

Der Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Z2BFYuyxs&feature=youtu.be

Und das sagt die Presse:

http://www.dwdl.de/meinungen/46652/das_sind_die_wichtigsten_75_minuten_zdfneo_des_jahres/

http://www.quotenmeter.de/n/71693/factual-vom-feinsten

http://blogs.stern.de/programmstoerer/zdfneo-versucht-mit-der-rassist-in-uns-mal-was-neues-relevanz/

http://www.planet-interview.de/interviews/amiaz-habtu/45503/

http://www.noz.de/deutschland-welt/medien/artikel/489095/big-brother-mit-einem-schuss-sozialrelevanz

http://www.fr-online.de/tv-kritik/tv-kritik---der-rassist-in-uns--die-blauaeugigen-und-das-biest,1473344,27769758.html







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Six protagonists embark on an extraordinary journey. They set off for the homelands of asylum seekers in Germany.  They experience at first hand what it means to be on the run. They travel in two groups; one sets off for Iraq, the other one for Eritrea.

The...

On The Run - The Experiment, 4x45 Min. ZDFneo, 2x45 Min. ZDF, 2013

Six protagonists embark on an extraordinary journey. They set off for the homelands of asylum seekers in Germany.  They experience at first hand what it means to be on the run. They travel in two groups; one sets off for Iraq, the other one for Eritrea.

The program won the German TV Award in the category “Best Documentary/Docutainment“.

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Why is Patrick Lindner working in a dog parlour? How will Jorge Gonzalez get on as a trainee optician? What advice can Joachim Llambi offer a household of over ten people? What can Jochen Schropp learn from a XXL model? "The star" will each visit a different city....

The star on my couch, ZDF, 20 episodes, 2013

Why is Patrick Lindner working in a dog parlour? How will Jorge Gonzalez get on as a trainee optician? What advice can Joachim Llambi offer a household of over ten people? What can Jochen Schropp learn from a XXL model? "The star" will each visit a different city. During their stay, they will each spend a day with five women, that they are not familiar with. The ladies are competing against each other to impress the star and to see who can offer the most hospitality as the host.

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© Michael Wiegmann

A house for 10,000 Euros or even cheaper? Oh yes you can. More and more families are bagging their dream house at home auctions. But only after the hand-over of the keys do they realize what they’ve got themselves in for. We follow families from the home auction all the...

© Michael Wiegmann
© Michael Wiegmann
© Michael Wiegmann
© Michael Wiegmann

My bargain home, ZDF, 5 episodes, 2009/2010

A house for 10,000 Euros or even cheaper? Oh yes you can. More and more families are bagging their dream house at home auctions. But only after the hand-over of the keys do they realize what they’ve got themselves in for. We follow families from the home auction all the way to the renovations. Architect Claudia Kaatzsch and her colleague Manfred Kersten, building specialist, are on-hand for advice and service.

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© Florian Breier

Ten adventurous single girls from Cologne head off to Schwerin to meet ten single guys. A week full of intensive encounters faces the hopefuls. They have the chance to get closer on individual dates and group activities. But will the expectations of their dream partners be...

© Florian Breier
© Florian Breier
© Martin Langer
© Florian Breier

On the road to love, ZDF, 3 episodes and ZDFneo, 5 episodes

Ten adventurous single girls from Cologne head off to Schwerin to meet ten single guys. A week full of intensive encounters faces the hopefuls. They have the chance to get closer on individual dates and group activities. But will the expectations of their dream partners be fulfilled?

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© kabel eins

While 12 ladies treat themselves to a week-long wellness holiday, their men have to find out how they’ll cope with daily life: job, household and kids – a sudden triple challenge for the unsuspecting country chaps. ‘Men home alone’ joins the men for a...

© kabel eins
© kabel eins
© kabel eins
© kabel eins

Men home alone, kabel eins, season 1 and 2, 2007

While 12 ladies treat themselves to a week-long wellness holiday, their men have to find out how they’ll cope with daily life: job, household and kids – a sudden triple challenge for the unsuspecting country chaps. ‘Men home alone’ joins the men for a whole week of daily madness.

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