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Fellowship recipients for inaugural Berlin – New York exchange program selected

Media residency program “Berlin Capital Region – New York” 2015

New York City/Berlin/Potsdam – Four fellowship recipients have been selected for the new Medienboard-funded “Berlin Capital Region – New York” media residency program, which enables participants to spend three months working on the far side of the ocean while getting to know the other location. Two New York digital-media professionals will come to Berlin-Brandenburg between April and June, while two representatives of Germany’s capital region will make a parallel trip to the Big Apple.

Two New Yorkers in Berlin-Brandenburg

Justine Simonson

Justine Simonson

David Schmüdde

David Schmüdde

From the New York side, Justine Simonson and David Schmüdde have been chosen. Justine Simonson is an independent producer, writer, director and founder of Co Lab Productions. While in the capital region, she will produce her web series about Berlin and New York entrepreneurs. New York digital producer David Schmüdde plans to work on his transmedia technology-history project called “Jack and the Machine.”

Two capital-region creatives in New York

Johannes Scherzer

Johannes Scherzer

David Steinberger

David Steinberger


Sound designer and start-up founder Johannes Scherzer, a graduate of Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, has created a photos-plus-audio storytelling app called “Luminoise” that he wants to develop further while in the United States. David Steinberger, a digital-media producer in Berlin, will produce a web series in New York.

About the Media Residency Program

“Berlin Capital Region – New York” was created by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in partnership with Made in NY Media Center by IFP and is being carried out by Startup Germany. Additional program partners include betahaus, Venture Village and The Wye. The media residency program is aimed at entrepreneurs, creatives and young digital-media professionals from Germany’s capital region and New York. Participants receive a three-month opportunity to develop projects and network with members of the partner location’s digital scene. The program includes visits to industry events such as Berlin Web Week and Internet Week New York.

Press contact:
Julia v. La Chevallerie
Press and communication
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Tel.: 0331 – 74387-70
E-Mail: j.chevallerie@medienboard.de