Stefan Raiser
Stefan Raiser, born in 1971, 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. "It's our teamwork that makes the dream work!" has been the Dreamtool family's motto since 1999. 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”, “Twice Another Life”, “Neither Fish nor Fowl”, feature films “Sisters” and English-language WWII drama “Joy Division”. In the cinema, Dreamtool was last with the children's book adaptation "Liliane Susewind - An Animal Adventure", which sold 500,000 tickets, distributed by SONY. Whether the award-winning ZDFneo series "Blaumacher", the "Barcelona-Crime" series for ARD or Annette Frier as an autistic woman in the triumphant series for ZDF, "Ella Schoen" - Dreamtool is a home for the best and extraordinary projects. Currently streaming on ARD is the multi-part, award-winning film adaptation of the Siegfried Lenz novel "The Turncoat," directed by Oscar winner Florian Gallenberger and starring Jannis Niewöhner, Rainer Bock, Bjarne Mädel, Katharina Schüttler, Ulrich Tukur and many others, which has been watched by over 20 million viewers linearly and online since its premiere in April 2020. 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). "We are here to entertain - your heart and your brain." Stefan Raiser outlines the company philosophy. 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, Peter Blake and Craig Wright. Stefan is an avid runner. He lives in Munich and on the US East Coast with his wife and son.