In forming their new company FICTION PARK, the internationally experienced producers Markus Halberschmidt and Maria Tsigka, focus on two simple principles: only produce content they love to watch and to provide an ecosystem for talent from around the globe. Born in Düsseldorf the companies aim is to develop and produce original Film and TV content that inspire and move international audiences.
FICTION PARK line-up includes projects in various stages of development and financing. Among them are the series THE THIRDS (sci-fi drama) and 1631: YEAR OF THE SPIDER (historical political drama, developed with the support of Film und Medien Stiftung NRW). Additionally the feature film LIFE ON LAIKA (3D sci-fi drama by Wim Wenders scholarship holders Dennis Todorovic and Christoph Mathieu – selected for the 2017 eQuninoxe Screenwriting-Workshop).
Recently they started to work with writer/director Andi Rogenhagen on the drama series MÜLLER. The project received development support from the Film and Medien Stiftung NRW.
Whether science-fiction, fantasy, thrillers or comedies, what unites the company’s line-up is stories of enduring value. FICTION PARK is a playground for passion and vision in storytelling.
The FICTION PARK Team
Markus Halberschmidt brings in an expertise of more than 25 productions and a problem-solving demeanor into the team. He started working as a creative producer in 1996 producing shorts. In 2000 his received a producer’s award for his first international co-production, the short The end of the war by Andi Rogenhagen.
Among the films he produced over the years are international co-productions with 10 countries. His latest co-production Big father, small father and other stories(VT/FR/DE/NL) held its world premiere in Competition at the 2015 Berlinale. Markus is a member of ACE.
At FICTION PARK he is the spirited healer, with a talent not only to make things happen but also to turn ideas into action.
Producer & Screenwriter
Maria Tsigka brings in a background of 10 years in development and the passion for the power of storytelling. She started working in the film industry in 2001. Since then she has been involved in commercial, art-house and international films.
Working as producer and head of development she has been awarded with film projects in several markets. Maria graduated Eave in 2015 and has been selected in the prestigious Inside Pictures Program in 2015. As a writer Maria currently develops the Fiction Features PETRA AND THE ADVENTURES OF SCHURKENLAND and SHADOWS .
At FICTION PARK she is the insightful force, who puts imagination into motion and has the eye for talent.
The FICTION PARK Talent
Writer & Director
Andi Rogenhagen was born in 1965 in Germany. He studied Photojournalism and Film at the University of Applied Science in Dortmund.
In 1990 Andi starts his career with directing short films and documentaries. In 1995 his documentary ”The Final Kick” receives the acknowledged German TV “Grimme Award”. His feature debut as writer & director, “Die Frau die an Dr. Fabian zweifelte” (2002) has been nominated for the “Max-Ophüls Preis”. His second feature “Ein Tick Anders” (2011) premiered at the Shanghai Int. Film Festival and won several awards. So far the novels “Heldensommer” and “Zwölfmeter” have been published. The last years Andi mainly works as writer & screenwriter. Currently “Dieses bescheuerte Herz” by Marc Rothemund, for which Andi wrote the script, is heading for place 2 in the German Cinema Top 10.
In his first cooperation with FICTION PARK Andi is working as headwriter of the Drama Fiction Series MÜLLER.
Since 2005, after his studies at the International Filmschool Cologne, Christoph Mathieu works as a screenwriter, journalist an marketing manager. His 3D-Sci-Fi-film LIFE ON LAIKA, which he wrote with Dennis Todorovic, received the Wim Wenders Scholarship in 2015. In 2017 the book series „Lucid“, also written by Christoph Mathieu and Dennis Todorovic, was published by Bastei Lübbe. Beside these projects Christoph writes screenplays for German Television like the ZDF crime series „Professor T“.
Since 2014 Christoph works as marketing manager for film distributor Rushlake Media. There he oversees new video on demand solutions like Kino on Demand, a service which allows cinemas to present films online. As a freelancer he develops marketing strategies and concepts for film- and video-companies like Broadview TV, Tubelounge and Hitchon. He teaches marketing and drama at the Popakademie Mannheim.
You find more infos about Christoph Mathieu on his website
Damiano Femfert was born in 1985. His mother is Italian, his father German. He speaks and writes in German, Italian and English and presently lives in Italy. After high-school in Frankfurt and Melbourne, he has studied comparative literature at the Universities of Rome La Sapienza and Paris X Nanterre. He graduated with a thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses, before attending the screenwriting class at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Still in high school he started a collaboration with the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau which lasted for 6 years. His articles appeared monthly under his columns “Stories from school” and later “Around the world”. His travel-writings have since appeared in other German-speaking newspapers like Neue Zürcher Zeitung or Handelsblatt. His theatre pieces and art related essays have been published in anthologies, his short films have participated at international festivals.
He is currently working on three feature-film projects and a novel. Besides his activity as a writer he also works as a curator of modern art for museums and institutions, and as a lecturer at LUISS University in Italy.
DANIEL CHAVEZ GÓMEZ
Writer & Director
Daniel Chaves Gómez is a screenwriter and director from Costa Rica. He worked as a freelancer for nearly ten years fulfilling many different roles on the production of shorts films, commercials, music videos, and feature films. He co-founded a production company – Flick Costa Rica, where he worked directing commercials and corporate videos.
He studied Civil Engineering in Universidad de Costa Rica for several years, but later changed his focus to cinema and graduated with a Licentiate Degree in Cinema and Television from Veritas University. He then moved to cologne, where he graduated from M.A. Serial Storytelling program at internationale filmschule köln and supplemented his education with different seminars and master classes at film festival events.
Daniel directed his first feature film in 2014, and is currently living in Germany where he works developing different projects for Europe and Latin America.
Dennis Alme De Visscher is a multilingual scriptwriter for TV series and children’s animation seen on F5, BBC, Rai, Netflix, Disney Channel, CBC, Canal +, etc.
Born in Belgium, Norwegian citizen and living in Oslo and France, his passion is content: creating it and finding it. He also works as a Senior Acquisition Manager with 20 years of experience in providing scripted content in the multi-platform media landscape; a combination that allows him to build his skills as a content creator and provider.
Born in southern Germany as the son of a Czech mother and a Montenegrin father. Trained theater and television directing at ARTTS International in the UK, lived in and worked in Prague. Studied film directing and screenwriting at ifs international film school in Cologne, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw and the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. First feature SASHA (2010), second film SCHWESTER WEISS participated at eQuinoxe in 2013 and was theatrically released in Germany in 2016.
With co-writer Christoph Mathieu he has written a six-part eBook series titled LUCID, released by Bastei Lübbe in 2017. Their second project together, the screenplay LIFE ON LAIKA has been awarded with the Wim Wenders scholarship in 2015/16. Currently he works on 1631: YEAR OF THE SPIDER, a historical mini series funded by Film und Medien Stiftung NRW. HOMESHOPPERS’ PARADISE, a TV comedy with writer/director Nancy MacGranaky-Quaye for SWR Television and Ziegler Film Germany is another current project.
You will find more infos about Dennis Todorovic on his website
Writer & Director
Konstantin Bojanov, born in Bulgaria in 1968, is a filmmaker and a visual artist. After graduating from the National School of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1987, he received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London, and later studied documentary filmmaking at NYU. His career as an artist began in London in the early 90s, and his work has been exhibited internationally private galleries and museums.
His directorial debut was the short film Lemon Is Lemon (2001), followed by the award-winning documentary Invisible (2005). Bojanov’s first feature film Avé premiered in 2011 at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes, and went on to win numerous prestigious awards. His second feature Light Thereafter (2017) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was nominated for the Huvos Tiger Award. He currently in development of his third feature Nights and Days. Konstantin Bojanov lives and works between Berlin and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Krisi Olivero is a screenwriter/producer from the US. She works in film, television, web and advertising and stays busy with a variety of topics and genres. She has worked with clients such ABC, Discovery Channel, ESPN and the US Olympic Committee.
She is committed to telling stories and believes strongly in the power of a writers’ room. Her recent short film, “Wander” which was written, shot and completed within a 48 hour time period, will be featured at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.
Krisi is the headwriter of the Sci-Fi Drama Fiction Series THE THIRDS.
You will find more infos about the work of Krisi Olivero on herwebsite
Screenwriter & Producer
A screenwriter/producer with more than ten years in the Film/Media industries, consultancy and research, Nick has built a career as an expert in script, story development and producing. He worked in many different international territories and have an intimate understanding of the creative process, working with companies including Weinstein Europe, Warner Brothers, Universal, Technicolor, Pressman Films, Animus, FCCE, ITV Bigtalk and many others to gain small number of screen credits for completed projects.
He also runs a small production company Threepunk Productions producing high quality short material. His first big budget Hollywood feature film (Associate Producer and script development) The Man Who Knew Infinity was released in 2016, Starring Oscar Winner Jeremy Irons and Oscar Nominee Dev Patel.
Currently Nick is developing the Horror Thriller Fiction Feature SHADOWS together with Maria Tsigka.
Peter Furrer is a screenwriter hailing from Mainz, Germany. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies, Peter went on to study Serial Storytelling at the International Film School Cologne where he graduated in 2015 with an M.A.
Now, Peter bounces around Germany as a freelance screenwriter, trying to get cool stuff made. In addition to that, he also works in the newly founded writers’ room at ZDF Digital in Mainz.
Inside FICTION PARK Peter works as co-writer of the Sci-Fi Drama Fiction Series THE THIRDS.
Thomas Bernhard Wipf, born in the Black Forest (Germany) in 1970, worked as an actor for more than 10 years, until he was discovered and promoted as a comedy-screenwriter by animation producer Prof. Gerd Hahn (Hahnfilm AG) in 2000. He developed and wrote for Hahnfilm the animation series The Gnarfs (Super RTL) and Lola Rabbit (NDR). He was author and editor for the TV Series The School Of Little Vampires (RBB) and furthermore developed the adventure series Red Caps (RAI).
His shortfilm Ludwig´s Lust was released by Constantin Film (FBW predicate „valuable“) and he got a state development funding for the script Pocket Money Millionaires in 2010. He currently is developing comedy clips for the MDR-production Medienkater and for his book- and TV Series The Avatars Of Morpheus – produced by Oetinger Verlag.