Kathrin Brinkmann studied Applied Dramatic Arts in Giessen, Germany. She worked as assistant director in different theatre projects, before she joined ZDF in 1992 for practical training as a dramaturge and commissioning editor. From 1994 she has been commissioning editor for the European Culture Channel ARTE and ZDF/Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, responsible for the development and production of ARTE “Theme Evenings”. She has worked on new programme formats for “Quantum”, the Television Workshop of Das Kleine Fernsehspiel/3Sat. Since 2000 she is a member of the new production department ARTE THEMA within ZDF, responsible for the coproduction of creative and investigative documentaries.