After completing three language and social science studies in the US, France and Germany, I began my professional career at Germany’s public television station ZDF, where I was involved in setting up the European Culture Channel (now arte). The reorganisation of the public broadcasting system caused by Germany’s reunification brought me to Deutsche Welle in Cologne and then to its new, second location in Berlin. For 20 years I have been working there for television, mostly as a TV producer.
Why I want to be a writer
“The world needs good storytellers. Impressive stories incite us to contemplate, even embolden us, or our change our lives.
I am interested in the people behind their ideas, their challenges and their development. I write stories to touch other people and to awaken emotions that inspire to live life.”
My treatment THE RAFT is a fictional dramatic love story about a Cuban family fleeing to Miami. It won Germany’s most highly endowed award, the German Screenplay Prize of the Cologne Art Salon. The prize was a 12-month scholarship to the renowned Columbia University Film School in New York City.
“What a gift: Learning from the best in the field of filmmaking; an unforgettable experience.”
Since my return to Berlin, I have been working as a freelance screenwriter. Here I wrote the script THE EXILED, which is based on the award-winning treatment of THE RAFT.
I have been a jury member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since 2001.
Lwów – A City Lost
Memories of a cherished childhood
My Father’s life seemed well planned; so much, that it began two years before he was even born in 1927 in the Polish town of Lwów. Disregarding all the mischief his brother thought up, Stanislaw Szybalski led a happy, sheltered upper-class childhood. That all ended on the day he went out to buy supplies for the new school year that was going to start the next day. It was on September 1, 1939 – the day Hitler bombed Lwów. Stanislaw is an amazingly factual boy with budding entrepreneurial talent. He allows us to see how his world turns with disarming honesty.