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Digital storytelling is a format for and by the new generation - But as a producer, how do you find and work with young creators who are often tremendously talented, but also totally inexperienced in the production process?


Benoit Beaudoin

Director, Innovation and Digital Lab
TV5 Québec Canada

Benoit works in the field of interactive technologies and digital content since he graduated from Communication Studies at Concordia University.  As a designer, content creator, producer and consultant, he has contributed to hundreds of projects and titles over the years. He also worked as a content developer and educational technologist in large corporations such as Air Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, Bell and Hydro Quebec.

In 2001, Benoit became digital producer in the television industry.  His productions won several prizes such as best digital content, given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in 2006, 2008 and 2013.  

Since 2008, Benoit has been developing and managing digital activities at TV5 Quebec Canada.  His team is responsible for all television related interactive content and applications, Web and mobile platforms programming and original productions for learning and social media. He also created the TV5 Fund which made possible the financing and production of 55 original series.  Between 2010 and 2013, Benoit headed the Internet and Mobile Commission at CTF, an international association of public French broadcasters.

Anne Santa Maria

After working experiences abroad in media relations and production: HBO (NYC), Addis & Wechlser (L.A.), AFTRS (Sydney), Anne Santa Maria began her career as Commissioning Editor within TF1 French Drama division and as Producer and Editorial Executive of TF1 Productions, she joined Fremantlemedia in 2006 as Head of Drama, France. In 2011 she created her own label: Taronja Prod (Newen Group) and founded the young talents incubator: Telfrance Network. She produced prime time fiction and digital series such as “Osmosis”, a multi award winning web series with 13 prizes and 42 nominations worldwide, which she pushed to its longer form adaptation for Netflix as the second French Local original production. She is now monitoring and piloting creators and production companies’ international online content development, production, and sales strategies for TV Broadcasters and OTT platforms. Anne was the Conference Speaker of the digital short form series pitch (Kids and Drama) for MIPTV 2017.

Milena Seyberth


Since 2008 Milena Seyberth is working as a commission editor for the ZDF`s "Das kleine Fernsehspiel", and ZDF Online. In 2017 she started working for FUNK, the content network of ARD and ZDF, developing fiction web series. She was part of the development team for Germany’s biggest ARG “Rescue Dina Foxx!”, a multiplatform interactive project.

Milena Bonse was born 1981 in Bielefeld/Germany. After longer stays abroad in Philadelphia/USA and Madrid/Spain, she enrolled at the Munich Universtity for Television and Film in 2001 to study in the Film and Television Documentary department. Beside her first documentaries she also shoots journalistic tv-features at home and abroad. 

From 2005 to 2006 she spent 2 semesters at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires/Argentina. In 2006 she worked in script developing and production at Goldkind Film / TV 60, Munich. 2009 she graduates from Munich University for Television and Film with her feature-length documentary "Avenida Argentina". 


Anthony Straeger

An Englishman hailing from what’s often referred to as Gods County – Yorkshire. Moved to London after finishing his drama degree. After working on a BBC Children’s TV series, formed own company Quid In Shrapnel, producing the movie‘Call of the Hunter’ and ‘A day in the life of Felix’ and currently Fotoautomat Man.  Anthony has written articles and a book on ‘Time Management’ a subject that has amused, confused and helped him over the years. He now lives in Berlin with his wife Katrin.