born 1974 in Koblenz / Germany, started his career in the TV industry in 1994 as a freelance writer for german Late Night Shows RTL – NACHTSHOW and DIE HARALD SCHMIDT SHOW. 1995 he joined the team of the weekly news – comedy DIE WOCHENSHOW and learned from then on filmmaking “on the job“ in different positions and productions. Besides his work behind the camera he has performed on stage as actor and comedian. Since 2000 Tobi has worked with the toplist of german comedians an has established himself as a director for TV and cinema. He was one of the creators and director of the highly acclaimed sketch show LADYKRACHER, directed and created TV series like LIEBES.LEBEN, KINDER KINDER, PASTEWKA and recently the first german pay TV production, the dramedy ADD A FRIEND. His work includes comedy events like FRĂ–HLICHE WEIHNACHTEN, the TV adventure movie VISUS – EXPEDITION ARCHE NOAH based on the novel by Richard Hayer, and the two-part TV christmas comedy classic ZWEI WEIHNACHTSMĂ„NNER. His latest work ZDF Sketch History, a historical sketch comedy is on air and has been nominated for the prestigous Grimme Award. As well as working for television and cinema, Tobi has directed numerous commercials in Germany and Austria for clients such as Mobilcom Debitel, Media Markt, Hannoversche Leben, MAN, Gelomyrtol, Billa, Zott, Milka etc. In 2011 he created the 43 country postcards for the 56th EUROVISION SONG CONTEST in Germany. The show was broadcasted live to over 70 million viewers worldwide. In 2014 Tobi was responsible as creative director for the German Film Awards.  2004 his feature film debut DER WIXXER went to screen. The comedy spoof on the 60’s Edgar Wallace crime film series became one of the most succesful german films of the year. In 2007 his adaption of Tommy Jaud’s bestselling novel VOLLIDIOT was another success in german cinemas. GHOSTHUNTERS – ON ICY TRAILS, his 3rd theatrical feature but his first work in the family entertainment genre including animation and his first feature film as credited writer opened in Germany 2015 under the title GESPENSTERJĂ„GER. The movie had international theatrical releases in numerous countries. Tobi lives in Cologne/Germany with his family.

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