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EXPERT JURY PERFORMING ARTS DOCUMENTARY

EMMA CAHUSAC

Commissioning Editor for Arts, Music and Dance at BBC Music

Emma Cahusac has worked in TV for over 25 years as a producer, director + executive. She has produced programming for all major UK channels and US broadcasters, with subjects ranging from the visual arts, theatre, classical dance to pop music.

MARC KIRSCHNER

Co-founder, Product and Innovation, Marquee TV

Specialising in Marquee TV's digital audience and revenue development, Kirschner takes lead on leveraging new technologies to benefit the platform's rapidly growing content partnership base, which currently includes the Royal Shakespeare Company, The New York City Ballet, The Royal Opera House, and many more. Offering his knowledge of machine learning and tech-forward experiential initiatives, Kirschner has spearheaded Marquee TV to become the digital hub to experience performing arts live.

LINDSEY AYOTTE

Head of Strategic Development at TVF International

Lindsey Ayotte is the Head of Strategic Development at TVF International, the world's largest independent distributor of factual programming. In addition to leading a dynamic sales team of eight, Ayotte oversees the company's digital strategy and leads its mission to support fellow independents in the production space through partnerships and early-stage financing opportunities.

ESTHER LEHOCZKY

Programme Manager at ARTE France

After having worked at Cinedoc & Paris-Films Cop, an association distributing + showing experimental movies, Esther joined ARTE as Performing Arts programmer, selecting the programme material and developing ideas. Since 2003 she is the commissioning editor for the Culture and Performing Arts Department at ARTE France, being in charge of productions + acquisitions. Among others she commissioned classical and jazz music documentaries such as “Charlie Parker, Bird Songs” (Illégitime Défense, 2020) & “Saint-Saëns, The Enigmatic Composer” (Heliox Films, 2021). Esther is also in charge of producing and selecting pop-rock concert films and commissions two shows for ARTE: “Echoes “With Jehnny Beth” (Walter Films – 60’) & “Ground Control” (Sombrero & Co - 60’). Besides, she commissions Arts documentaries and 52-minute profiles of movie stars.

EXPERT JURY DIGITAL CREATION

LAETITIA BOCHUD

Director at Virtual Switzerland

LAETITIA HUBERTI

Head of Cultural Channels: La Trois, La Première, Musiq’3, Classic 21

Laetitia Huberti has been working in the cultural and public service media sectors for 18 years, and her career has taken her from the Performing Arts Center Flagey in Brussels to the Belgian Public Radio & Television, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Since 2014, Laetitia joined RTBF, where she managed the classical radio station Musiq'3 for 4 years, while actively contributing to the organisation's transformation towards a "public centric" model. In 2018, she became the Head of Editorial Strategy of a portfolio of thematic media including 3 radios and 1 television: La Première, Musiq'3, Classic21 & La Trois-TV. Her current role is to define the vision and editorial strategy for these media and lead the team.

RENEE HUNT

Opera North

KAY MESEBERG

Head of Mission Innovation at ARTE

Kay Meseberg studied Political Science at University of Potsdam in Germany. He worked since the end of the 90ties on many award-wining digital productions and as a journalist. Since 2013 he is working for ARTE in Strasbourg, France. After his contribution for the world-first VR-documentary Polar Sea 360 in 2014 he is working on immersive media and other innovative forms and charing the ARTE group dedicated to upcoming technologies Mission Innovation. Kay is also a visiting lecturer for the Center of Collaborative Arts and Media at Yale University and Innovation Ambassador for the IMZ.

VERONIKA LIEBL

Managing Director at Ars Electronica Linz

Veronika Liebl (f) is currently Managing Director at Ars Electronica and has an interdisciplinary background in non-profit and innovation management. She is 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 and knowledge incubation.

ULRICH SCHRAUTH

Artistic Director of VRHAM Virtual Reality & Arts Festival Hamburg

Ulrich Schrauth is an international curator, creative director and artist working in the field of immersive media. His posts include artistic director for VRHAM! Festival Virtual Reality & Arts Hamburg as well as XR and immersive programmer for the BFI London Film Festival. In addition to that, he oversees many international projects with virtual, augmented and mixed reality, and acts as a speaker, moderator and jury member in this field.

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