Babylon 2017-18

Simon Buchner: Biography

As Producer, Simon spent the last 4 years at Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG, developing and producing TV movies and feature films for Regina Ziegler, Tanja Ziegler and Barbara Thielen.

During the years 2014-16 he and his team reached the top viewing figures six times. Included in this achievement was a new TV-series “Lena Lorenz – Welcome to Life” for ZDF (10 x 90 mins). Other Primetime single dramas like “Das Dorf der Mörder/Murder Town” as well as the comedy “Frau Pfarrer und Herr Priester/Mrs Vicar and Mr Priest”for ARD, or the RTL-pilot “Doc Fitz – Einmal zweites Leben” followed. In 2016 with director Marc Rothemund he adapted the book series “Mein Blind Date mit Leben” for cinema (SevenPictures/StudioCanal).

Simon worked from 2004-06 as production intern at UFA-Fiction GmbH in Munich, Bavaria Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH and Collina-Film GmbH, along with an internship at the ‘Curatorium of young German Film’ in Wiesbaden.

Following this, he studied Production at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, specialising in Creative Producing, in which he took his diploma in 2012.

Nico Hofmann was one of his trainees during this time, and he also worked in parallel with director Tomy Wigand. Tomy Wigand and Simon are the founders and CEOs of GmbH, based in Ludwigsburg.

During his studies, Simon was the winner of the emerging producer’s prize for the production “Livestream”, he was finalist in the ‘Creative Workshops’ of 20th Century Fox, and judged outstanding as a participant in the ‘Next Generation’ list 2012 in Cannes for ‘Rabenjunge’.

After an extended financing phase, he began the co-production “Latte Igel und der Wasserstein”, which he initiated and produced.

He is developing the feature thriller “Wende/Turning Point” by Jens Wischnewski, based on the novel by Eva Ladipo.



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Babylon collaborates regularly with partner orgnanisations, including AHRC-funded Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Research Network

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Network

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Thierry Lenouvel

Far Flung Families in Film

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Sarita Malik/Leslee Udwin