Se­bas­tian De­bertin

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Ti­tle: Head of Fic­tion, Ac­qui­si­tion & Co-pro­duc­tion, KIKA Time at Job: 21 years at KIKA! How did you get your first job in the biz? I asked for it. Got re­jected. Did all lower-level jobs in the biz to con­vince peo­ple to give me a chance. Suc­cess­fully. What do you hope you’ll see at the mar­ket? Some­thing fresh and in­ter­est­ing. Big­gest Red Flag when some­one is pitch­ing you: When peo­ple are a) not pre­pared for pitch­ing, and b) do not know their own prop­erty or con­cept, and c) do not know any­thing about KIKA (“You are a broad­caster from what ter­ri­tory, Se­bas­tian?!”) Fa­vorite show of the mo­ment: There are cur­rently four shows I love: Our co-pro­duc­tion with TF1, Tib and Tum­tum (a GO-N pro­duc­tion). A co-pro­duc­tion with Mia and Me cre­ator Gerd Hahn/hahn Film called Mys­tery Mu­seum, which prom­ises to have the po­ten­tial to be­come a global suc­cess! A new big thing we will co-pro­duce and an­nounce at MIP Ju­nior! New an­noy­ing trend in the biz: Thank God the sense- and mean­ing­less trial to add a 360° ap­proach to ev­ery show is over! So my claim: Don’t fol­low ev­ery silly trend! Bet­ter to cre­ate great con­tent that sets new and smart trends with sense! Which an­i­mated char­ac­ter would you love to meet and why? Getafix from As­terix & Obe­lix, be­cause I want his recipe for the magic po­tion. Best pop cul­ture mo­ment of 2018? En­joy­ing the opera Car­men di­rected by Guy Mon­tavon at the Open-air Fes­ti­val Dom­stufen­fest­spiele, and lis­ten­ing to my el­dest daugh­ter Lene’s first cello per­for­mance of A Rus­sian Song. Fa­vorite drink: A good latte mac­chi­ato in the morn­ing makes my day!

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