Jury DOK.digital 2021

DOK.digital – Prize for New Narrative Formats is sponsored by the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting and is endowed with 2,500 euros.


Volker Bach

Head of MIZ Babelsberg and ALEX Berlin

Volker Bach is responsible for the development of ALEX Berlin (participation platform / education channel for the capital region) for the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg. Since 2018, the media manager has been the managing director responsible for the Babelsberg Media Innovation Centre. The MIZ supports media innovations via the three pillars of project funding / innovation transfer / educational broadcasting. The graduate economist/trained journalist continued his career in television after working for several years at the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. The family father worked for the production company creaTV as editorial director, (executive) producer and content developer (1995–2007). He was responsible for productions in the entertainment and information sector, including personality shows (RTL, RTL 2), information magazines (VOX, WDR, 3Sat, Hessischer Rundfunk) and documentary formats (VOX).

Prof. Dr. Lena Gieseke

Professor for Image-Oriented Media Technologies at the HFF Konrad Wolf

Lena Gieseke is a professor of Visual Media Technologies / Technical Direction in the M.A. Creative Technologies program and as its dean responsible for developing the curriculum. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart as a member of the Visual Computing group in the Department of Computer Science. Her research in the field of computer graphics is published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and as a patent. From 2012 to 2015 she held a scholarship of the Digital Media doctoral program. In 2015, Lena Gieseke spent four months as a visiting researcher at Adobe Research in San Jose, USA. Before returning to academia in 2012, Lena Gieseke worked for several years as software-developer and 3D artist in the visual effects and 3D computer animation industry. Her animation A 3D Exploration of Picasso’s Guernica has been screened internationally.

Matthias Leitner

Freelance writer, digital storyteller and strategy designer

Matthias Leitner is a digital storyteller, Certified Scrum Master and develops social impact strategies for companies, NGOs, foundations and the public sector. Since 2015, he has been head of the Storytelling Lab web:first for Bayerischer Rundfunk and in the Digital Developments & Social Media department he conceives program innovations such as the #callforpodcast, the Messenger Project #icheisner or the education podcast #zukunftschule. In 2017 he was appointed Fellow of the Federal Cultural and Creative Industries. He has received many awards for his journalistic and artistic work, most recently for #icheisner with the Media Award Parliament of the German Bundestag 2020 and for "Die Rettung" with the New Realities Award 2020.

Sabrina Scharpen

Lead Format Development HR New Media / ZDF

Sabrina Scharpen is at Lead Format Development HR New Media at ZDF. Previously, she was a format conceptionist at funk. She develops and manages projects from the initial idea to the successful format for platforms such as the ZDFmediathek, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Spotify – including the podcast Mordlust, the reportage format follow me.reports or the documentary formats GERMANIA (Grimme Award 2018 & Golden Camera) and TRU DOKU (Grimme Award nomination 2021).

Her specialty: analyzing the potential of topics and target groups for the various channels in order to develop strategic distribution and creative storytelling solutions with the makers.

Jutta Schirmacher

Media literacy and youth protection officer at BLM

Jutta Schirmacher is lecturer at the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting (BLM) in the field of media competence and youth protection and is a foundation officer at the Bavarian Media Education Foundation (Stiftung Medienpädagogik Bayern) established by BLM. She studied Media, Law and Political Science at the Philipps University of Marburg and completed an apprenticeship at Hubert Burda Media. As consultant for the BLM, she has also been responsible for preparing the meetings of the FFF Bayern's awards committee since 2014. Since 2016 she has been a jury member of the German Film and Media Evaluation (FBW).