Spaxels over Linz © Ars Electronica/Martin Hieslmair

Digital Cross Over Final Presentation

15 June 2021, online

The programme of the Digital Cross Over Final Online Presentation included:

  • showcases of best-practices in cross-sectoral collaboration,
  • discussions with key stakeholders on the needs of the creative industries for cross-sectoral development,
  • and networking opportunities with policymakers, key stakeholders of the creative + cultural industries, EU representatives, funder and entrepreneurs across different sectors.


Find the whole presentation to watch here!


10:00-10:15 Welcome Words
10:15-10:45 Presentation on findings + needs from the creative sector for cross-sectoral development
10:45-11:00 Best Practice of cross-sectoral collaboration
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Panel discussion on opportunities + challenges of working cross-sectoral
12:00-12:45 Panel discussion on funding cross-sector innovation across Europe
12:45-13:00 Closing Words by the consortium partners

13:00-13:30 Virtual Drinks in wonder.me



IMZ Secretary General

As Secretary General of the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, Katharina Jeschke is a curator, developer and host of music film festivals and competitions worldwide. She is also the programme developer of Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, the international trade fair for cultural TV and VOD content. At Avant Première, the industry gathers to showcase and trade the latest music + dance film productions for worldwide transmission. She also is the driving force of the IMZ Online Services, and will bring the product to market maturity in autumn 2021.


IMZ Business Development Consultant

Thierry Baujard is a Consultant for IMZ on the Digital Cross Over EU project and CEO of European Investment Network Media Deals focusing on the Creative Industries. 


CEO of Izneo

Luc Bourcier is the CEO of Izneo, Europe's leading digital comic book platform. He has achieved most of his career in video games. In 1988, he launched the Sega brand in France, as Marketing and Commercial Director, before setting up in 1996, the French subsidiary of the leading US video games publisher: GT Interactive. From 2000, he assumed the general management of Acclaim and then Codemasters for Southern Europe. He also has been a MD for Cyber Press Publishing, a print and digital magazine publishing house during three years and worked as a digital strategy consultant during two years. Graduated from Audencia, he also holds a PhD from Paris Sorbonne and an MBA "Marketing and Commerce on Internet".


CEO of Centrica

Electronic Engineer with more than 20 years of experience, co-founder of: Centrica (CEO), ViDiTrust (President), VirtuItaly (CEO).


Director of European Cooperation, Organization and Finance at Ars Electronica

Veronika Liebl is currently Director of European Cooperation, Organization and Finance at the department Festival/Prix/Exhibitions of Ars Electronica. Veronika Liebl studied economic and business science at Johannes Kepler University in Linz (graduated in 2010) with study visits at Harvard University (US) and Université de Fribourg (CH) and has an interdisciplinary background in non-profit and innovation management. Since 2011 she is in charge of cultural management and European project development at Ars Electronica Linz and serves as a member for the Linz’ city culture council and the Content Innovation Council of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s program ARTS+. She is working for 9 years for Ars Electronica and is mainly engaged in programming and producing collaborative programs with partners from arts, science and industry and facilitates, in this framework, programs for artistic productions at Ars Electronica, in particular residency programs.


IMZ Deputy Secretary General

Ruth Pfletschinger studied Law in Vienna and has been with the IMZ since 2008. She started working in the performing arts film sector in 2002 and has acquired a deep and thorough knowledge of the industry. She gained experience in the coordination of the Vienna Mozart Year 2006, the Vienna Music Film Festival in Bucharest 2007 and the production of various films. Today, Ruth represents the network as IMZ Deputy Secretary General. She coordinates the IMZ Academy, aiming at the professionalisation of the performing arts film industry and is responsible for the exchange between the IMZ and the European Commission. In addition, Ruth is also a curator, developer and host of music film festivals, regularly joins industry events as an expert and actively engages in the judging process of renowned competitions worldwide. 


Product Manager at MVB GmbH

Anjo has more than 5 years of experience as a Product Manager for different software projects in the publishing and games industry. Before that, he worked as an editor and digital publishing professional at Germany's largest general internet portal T-Online. His core competencies are product development and product strategy in consideration of state-of-the-art, user-centered methodologies. One of his current projects is the development of the global B2B book trade e-commerce platforms “Pubeasy” and “Pubnet” including project management on an international scale. makes books visible: Major platforms, based on international metadata standards, enable publishers and bookstores to promote their products successfully and efficiently in their home markets and abroad. Editorial and advertising formats as well as face-to-face networking give orientation in different book markets. 



IPR VC, Position Managing Partner

Timo Argillander is Managing Partner and Co-Founder at IPR.VC, a venture capital investor specializing in media and entertainment investments. Timo has a long background in media and tech industries as an entrepreneur, executive and management consultant. IPR.VC Funds are financing filmed entertainment productions and content producers globally.


General Manager at St'art S.A

Virginie Civrais studied the Economy and is graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. During her previous professional activities, she was working  in the economic and cultural fields in many different sectors such as theatre, dance, litterature and corporate sponsorship in Arts and Heritage. She is the CEO of ST’ART since its beginnings in 2009.


Invitalia, Business Analyst for Cultural and Creative Industries

Giuseppe Cosenza is Cultural Economist, currently serves as Business Analyst for Cultural and Creative Industries at Invitalia, the National Agency for Economic Development, owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy. He deal with business projects and public funds assessment, budget analysis and new business. During his career has gained various professional backgrounds, such as project development and management for marketing and tourism, market studies processing, events organization as well as participation in tenders. He graduated in Management of Cultural Organizations and in Economics at University of Bologna. He is also Member of ICOM Italy. 


Deputy Head of Unit for Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes in the European Commission

Martin Dawson focuses on the coordination of the new Creative Europe MEDIA programme, including the adoption of the annual budget and Work Programme as well as monitoring of results. He also contributes to taking forward the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan. Previously, Martin was Deputy Head of Unit for Knowledge Sharing in DG Connect, responsible for facilitating collaboration across the Directorate General. Before that he had a varied career in European external relations and EU enlargement.


Principal Investor at BPI France Investissement

7+ years operating minority interest investments in the cultural and creative industries sectors (cinema, content production, TV/radio, music, publishing, fashion/luxury, craftmanship, etc).


European Music Council Secretary General

Simone Dudt studied cultural sciences in Hildesheim, Germany and Marseille, France focusing on Fine Arts and Music. She has been working for the European Music Council since 2004. Today, she is Secretary General of the European Music Council in dual leadership with Ruth Jakobi.


Managing Director at European Games Developer Federation (EGDF)

Jari-Pekka Kaleva is an institution nerd helping out the video game geeks to revolutionize the world we live in.J-P is one of the founding members of Neogames Finland association, the national umbrella organisation of games industry in Finland. At the moment, he works as a Managing Directo at the European game industry umbrella organisation EGDF and as Chief Policy Advisor at Neogames. He has more than a decade of experience tracking both national and EU level political decision making from the game industry’s point of view.   Before he became a game industry advocate in Helsinki, J-P focused on researching literary institutions in his studies, worked at a games startup in Oulu, and was active in several civic organisations, both domestic and international.   


Co-Founder of Lupodium, Game Developer, Sound Designer, and Composer

Juan Orjuela is a musician and game developer that specializes in interactive composition and sound design for games and experimental installations. Co-founder of the independent game studio Ludopium, responsible for the titles Vectronom and Project MMM. 


Head of Creative Europe Desk Austria - Culture at the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport 

Elisabeth Pacher is head of the Creative Europe Culture Desk in Austria, advisory service for the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. She has been working for the Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport in different positions in Vienna and Brussels. She was Attachée for the Arts and Media at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU and was committed to the Department of Music and Performing Arts and the Department for Legal Affairs. She is holding a law degree from the Universities of Graz and Trieste (Erasmus). She is an active member of the Creative Europe Desk network and is well connected with the Austrian and European cultural scene.


Director of Digital Content at Mediapro

Working for more than two decades in film, news and live sport broadcast she is passionate by cutting-edge technologies and lives the challenges of digitalization in all the value chain of the audiovisual industry.


Co-Founder of 300.000 Km/s

Mar Santamaria-Varas is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona. At present, she is the co-founder of 300.000 Km/s and visiting lecturer at EPFL Lausanne. Her professional activity has been related in the last 15 years to digital technologies, spatial analysis, urban planning and public policies at an international level. As the co-founder of 300.000 Km/s, she has elaborated strategic reports, diagnoses, guidelines, data observatories and master plans in the field of environmental health, regulation of economic activity, new forms of mobility, housing vulnerability, data and digital divide, among others. She is a pioneer in Spain in the use of open data for urban policies (Associate from the Open Data Institute) and the fostering of digital/data skills among citizenship. She has collaborated as an expert in the participatory drafting of the Spanish and Catalan 2030 Urban Agendas.


Deputy Director of the Federation of European Publishers

Degree in Economics at Bocconi University and master’s degree in International Affairs at ISPI. Project Manager in the Training Area at ISPI and lecturer of International Organisations. In 2008 hired as economist by FEP; Deputy Director since 2012.


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