About Me

Thomas Steiger (c) Sabine Felber 2008

The only constant in life is change.

After writing about the film and television industry for three decades, I radically repositioned myself at the beginning of 2018 and became a teacher. I currently teach English at a secondary school and a grammar school; at the secondary school I also teach politics, history, geography and sports.

Until I decided to change my profession, my journalistic work focused on reporting from the film & TV industry for the trade magazines Blickpunkt:Film, Medien Bulletin, Professional Production and Film & TV Kameramann.

I travelled on three continents in the course of my work and spoke with studio bosses, producers, directors, scriptwriters, film festival directors, members of funding bodies, directors of photography, sound engineers, manufacturers of technology such as digital film projectors, digital cameras, microphones and lighting, television editors, politicians, cinema operators, service providers for digital live transmission technologies and wrote about their work.

It was an exciting time, in which a lot has changed and a complete change of technology – from analogue film/television/cinema to digital – took place, which I was allowed to report. On behalf of the Main Association of German Cinemas (HDF) and the Filmförderungsanstalt (German Federal Film Board), I also wrote a manual on the digitalisation of cinema for cinema operators. And later for HDF another manual about the use of social media for marketing purposes.

I started with film reviews and first articles on other aspects of the film industry. From 1985 to 2017 I accompanied the Berlin International Film Festival writing about it. From 1995 I wrote for Blickpunkt:Film. From 1998 on, I was Berlin correspondent, which included the surrounding state of Brandenburg, where Studio Babelsberg is located – but I also reported from remote places like Hong Kong or Dubai.

At the same time, I also wrote about these topics for a target audience outside the industry, such as for readers of the Berlin daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, the Berlin city magazine zitty, which was discontinued in June 2020 after 43 years, or the foreign trade journal ChinaContact. Text examples can be found under articles or in the archive.

Additionally, I wrote press booklets for film and television productions – for example for public broadcaster NDR, the German branches of Sony Pictures Releasing and Studiocanal as well as German distributors Senator Entertainment or Tobis – as well as press and PR materials for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Topswing Golfschule and for the talent and PR agency Barbarella Entertainment.

Later I expanded my activities to include editorial support for websites and social media appearances, which added new and exciting subjects. For the Protestant Lung Clinic in Berlin-Buch, I was responsible for the two newsletters Lungenpost and Lungenbrief and for the Berlin medical tourism service provider PGD International I produced all editorial content for the homepage and all social media activities in English.

At the beginning of my journalistic career I had the privilege of participating in the unique experiment Newstalk 93.6 from 1996 to 1998 as the producer responsible for the weekend programme. Newstalk 93.6 was an attempt to bring the model of US talk radio to Germany.

In the late summers from 2008 to 2013 I worked in the programme and conference editorial department of the international media congress medienwoche@IFA, the forerunner of the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB).

From 2013 to 2015, I was editor-in-chief of TAKE, the annual location brochure of the South Tyrolean Film Fund.

contact: steiger(at)thomas-steiger.com

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