Stefan Raiser
Born 1971 in Stuttgart/Germany, Stefan Raiser started his career while in high school as a set runner; quickly working his way up to production manager for sports, live entertainment and dramatic fiction on leading German broadcaster ARD. After his high school degree, Stefan completed his civil service in a kindergarten for handicapped children, during which time he co-founded the Youth Film Initiative, and produced and hosted live show “Musical Magic” with his childhood friend Felix Zackor in the legendary concert hall Liederhalle to an audience of 2000. Stefan completed two semesters at law school before he followed his passion for film, enrolling at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, majoring in Dramatic Feature Production, and graduating in summer of 1999 with honors. As holder of two scholarships from GWFF and one from VGF Stefan furthermore studied at the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997 and 1999. In 1999, Stefan founded Dreamtool Entertainment with Felix Zackor based in Munich. “It’s our teamwork that makes the dream work!” is their determined motto. Dreamtool soon became an exceptional player on the German producing scene. Their first MOW, multi-generational comedy “My First Boyfriend, Mother and Me” was nominated for the prestigious Adolf-Grimme-Award, won two German-Television-Awards and one Bavarian-Television-Award. Dreamtool subsequently left their mark with TV-Event-Movies with budgets of up to € 8 million, stellar ratings and remarkable world sales, such as “Bermuda Triangle North Sea”, “Nina Undercover” or “Heroes”. The TV-Event adventure trilogy Stefan conceived, “The Charlemagne Code”, “Spear of Destiny” and “The Hunt for the Amber Room”, were not just ratings and sales hits, but were even released in Chinese cinema. A testament to Dreamtool’s genre diversity are TV dramas like “Shadow Kids”, “Neither Fish nor Fowl”, feature films “Sisters” and English-language WWII drama “Joy Division”, or Stefan”s current project “Twice Another Life”. Dreamtool maintains an additional office in Cologne/North Rhine-Westphalia and has been part of the Beta Group belonging to industry veteran Jan Mojto since 2008, who acquired a majority stake in 2015. Beta coproduced outstanding feature films such as “The Physician”, the adaptation of Noah Gordon’s international bestseller, starring Ben Kingsley, Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “The Counterfeiters” (Academy Award Best Foreign Language 2008), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Downfall” (shortlist for the Academy Award Best Foreign Language 2005) and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Lives of Others” (Academy Award Best Foreign Language 2007). Stefan is a regular at industry meets like the Berlin, Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, the LA/May Screenings, MIPTV, MIPCOM and AFM. He is a 2014 European TV Drama Series Lab alumnus, where he was mentored by showrunners Glen Mazzara, Ed Zuckerman and Craig Wright. Stefan is an avid runner. He lives in Munich and on the US East Coast with his wife and two-year-old son.