Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling

Director of International Affairs
ZDF German Television

June 12th 1963 born in Herborn (Hesse)
1983 – 1989: First State Exam in Law
1987 – 1994: Freelancer for „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“„FAZ Magazin“, „Män-ner Vogue“ and „Welt am Sonntag“
1989 – 1990: Doctorate in International Law
1993: Second State Exam in Law
1993 – 1995: Assistant to CEO, Gruner + Jahr AG, Hamburg
1995/96: Deputy General Manager of GALA and Member of the Management board, Norddeutsche Verlagsgesellschaft, Hamburg
1996/97: General Manager/Publisher, GALA, Hamburg
1997 – 2000: Head of International Program Coordination, ZDF German Television, Mainz
since 2000: Director of International Affairs, ZDF German Television

Memberships / Mandates:
1981 – 1988: Founder and chairman of the board of IJP (“Internationale Journalisten-Programme e.V.”);
since 1988: Coordinator Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program, Washington
1990 – 1993: Councillor, City of Königstein/Ts.
since 2000: Member of the Supervisory Boards of Arte Deutschland GmbH and Arte G.E.I.E., Strasbourg
ZDF-Delegate to the supervising committees of the European Broad-casting Union (EBU), Geneva
since 2002: Vice President, Prix Europa
2002 – 2005: President of Prix Italia, since then Honorary President
2003 / 2005: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GERMAN TV, Berlin
since 2004: Coordinator “Middle East/Ernst Cramer Fellowship Program”
2006-2009: Member of the Executive Board of INPUT
since 2007: Member, International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York
since 2009: Chairman, Reference Group, Eurovision Song Contest
2008: Award of the Federal Order of Merit with ribbon