Tobi started his career in the TV business in 1994 as a freelance writer for the late night shows RTL – NACHTSHOW and DIE HARALD SCHMIDT SHOW. In 1995 he became part of the team of the weekly comedy DIE WOCHENSHOW and from then on learned his craft „on the job“ in various positions and productions.

Tobi has been working as a director & writer since 2000 and has established himself as a constant in the German comedy landscape through his collaboration with many well-known comedians. He was part of the creating team and director of the successful sketch show LADYKRACHER, directed series like LIEBES.LEBEN, KINDER KINDER, PASTEWKA and the first German Pay TV production ADD A FRIEND.
His work includes comedy formats such as FRÖHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN, ZDF Sketch History, the adventure TV movie VISUS – EXPEDITION ARCHE NOAH and the Christmas TV classic ZWEI WEIHNACHTSMÄNNER.

Tobi’s work has been nominated and awarded many times with the German Television Award, the German Comedy Award and the Grimme Award. In addition to his work for television and cinema, Tobi has shot a variety of commercials in Germany and Austria.
In 2011, he wrote and shot 43 country postcards for the 56th EUROVISION SONG CONTEST in Germany. The show was seen live by over 70 million viewers worldwide. In 2014 Tobi was responsible as creative director for the German Film Award.

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In 2004, his feature film debut DER WIXXER was released. The parody of the 1960’s films of the Edgar Wallace series became one of the most successful German films of the year. In 2007, his adaptation of Tommy Jaud’s bestseller VOLLIDIOT was another big hit in German cinemas.
GHOSTHUNTERS – ON ICY TRAILS, his third feature film as director and his first in the family entertainment genre with animation in which he also participated as a writer, opened in Germany in 2015 under the title GESPENSTERJÄGER and was released internationally in the original version in many countries in the same year.

From 2017-2020 Tobi returned to Brainpool, the company he grew up in, to build up the fiction label BRAINPOOL PICTURES as producer and CEO. During that time, he produced the remake of the series PASTEWKA for Amazon Prime Video, which finally ended in early 2020 with the final season and a major documentary. With his team, he developed a number of fiction projects. One of them was OverChristmas, a Christmas miniseries for NETFLIX which he made in 2020 as producer, showrunner & director.

After 3 years Tobi decided to work again as a freelance director, writer and producer from the beginning of 2020.






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