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Rachael Castell, Project Coordinator


Rachael Castell

Rachael Castell


Rachael is a freelance project manager, producer and consultant, and is currently managing the Support your local Cinema project for moviepilot GmbH.

Until December 2008, Rachael Castell was English National Opera’s Interactive Producer working to develop a long term interactive audience development strategy for the company, involving social networking, blogging and the creation of high quality video content with a view to providing dynamic, engaging, uniquely creative access to ENO productions, company members and teams.

Prior to her appointment at ENO, Rachael worked as the Head of New Media for Adventure Pictures (Sally Potter’s production company), and previous to that spent four years as Producer of the East End Film Festival.  She has produced over 100 short films on a range of formats from 35mm to HDv, is a freelance sub-editor and film journalist with print and radio experience, and holds an MA in the History of Film and Visual Media.

Rachael also runs her own production company and consultancy: Rouge and Tripoli Productions.  Under the banner of Rouge and Tripoli Rachael has directed video work for Opera Europa, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Masterclass Haymarket, the UK government’s Music and Dance Scheme, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Tobias Bauckhage, Managing Director of moviepilot

After finishing his degree in Economics and Management Science Tobias Bauckhage worked for four years as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He specialized in projects in the telecommunication sector and is well experienced in managing large projects with many different clients from different cultural backgrounds. In 2004 he quit his job and founded the independent film production and distribution company jetfilm together with his best friend Jon Handschin. Three years later the two founded moviepilot, where Tobias is managing director, responsible for business development and financing. Tobias held a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation.

Léa Germain, Assistant Project Coordinator

Léa Germain is working as an assistant project coordinator for Support your local Cinema.

After 2 years in Classe Préparatoire Littéraire, she obtained a Bachelor in English Language, Literature and Civilisation in Bordeaux. She then completed her master studies in political science and international relations in Bordeaux and Hamburg. She has been working for moviepilot in Berlin since October 2009, first as a community manager for the French pages of the website, and since February 2010 as Rachael Castell’s assitant coordinator on the project Support your local Cinema.

Miriam Graf, moviepilot Office Manager

Miriam Graf studied Musicology and Business Administration in Mainz, Florence and Berlin. She holds a Masters degree from the Humboldt Universität Berlin.  She worked in different fields of the music and artist management industry before specializing in controlling project and public funding.

Before joining moviepilot GmbH in 2007 she worked for two years in the controlling department of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin gGmbH (Berlinale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt und Berliner Festpiele).

Miriam is moviepilot’s office manager, responsible for controlling and administrative coordination.

Jon Handschin, Head of Internationalization and Director of Product Management

Jon Handschin holds an international degree in economics and management science. He studied in Berlin and Madrid. After working as a feature film producer for teamworx (a Bertelsman company) for four years in 2004 he founded the independent distribution and production company jetfilm together with his best friend, Tobias Bauckhage. In 2007 the two founded moviepilot. Since then he is responsible for product development and head of internationalization. He is half Spanish and half Swiss and speaks German, English, French and Spanish fluently.

Benjamin Krause, CTO of moviepilot

Benjamin Krause has worked as a web developer, technical project leader and information architecture consultant on international projects for ten years before he joined moviepilot as CTO. He is a well known expert and frequent speaker within the international community of the development network Ruby on Rails. In his spare time from 2004 on he developed the wiki-based free movie database which is now part of the moviepilot network.

Since April we have a 4th Manager.
Malte Cherdron, COO, formerly StudiVZ a large community in Germany.


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