Arild Erikstad is now Executive producer/Executive International relations TV Music at NRK in Oslo, Norway. From 1992 -2005 he was Head of Music TV and in 1995 -1997 responsible Editor for music at the new channel NRK2. For more than 13 years editor and moderator for a weekly classical music slot; Hovedscenen (The Main stage) presenting concerts, opera and dance. Jury member Rose d’Or 2007, Head of the Jury Golden Prague 2006 and Head of Jury Prix Italia 2004, -06,-09. In 2010 he was jury member at the CineDance festival.
Mr. Erikstad is educated as a Dipl. Tonmeister in Detmold, Germany and he started his career within NRK as a Tonmeister/Music producer for Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1982 – 1992, working closely with Mariss Jansons making CDs and radio/TV productions and for more than thirty years he has produced CDs with all the leading musicians, orchestras and ensembles in Norway.
Over more than twenty years as moderator in television Erikstad has made longer interviews with personalities like Mariss Jansons, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bobby McFerrin, Tan Dun, Robert Lepage, Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebco, Gustavo Dudamel etc. and he has been the Norwegian commentator for the New Years Concert from Vienna since 1991. Erikstad has been EBU’s Executive Producer for the Young Musician finale in Bergen 2000, Young Dancer Finale in Oslo 2011 and Young Musician in Vienna 2012. Mr. Erikstad is today responsible for national and international music co-productions within NRK, and since 2011 Vice President of the IMZ and Vice President of the EBU Music Expert Group since 1999.
Canadian Film Centre
Director of Special Projects – Canadian Film Centre
Following a career in advertising and two decades as a partner at Rhombus Media, Sheena Macdonald joined the Canadian Film Centre’s senior management team in 2007 as Director, Special Projects. In this position, reporting directly to the Executive Director, she is responsible for creating and expanding upon content, distribution and co-production strategies as well as developing new initiatives that support the strategic growth of the CFC and provide more opportunities for CFC alumni and their work. She also plays a key role in furthering the reputation of the CFC in the international marketplace.
Founded by Academy Award® nominated director Norman Jewison in 1988, the CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest Canadian talent in film, television, new media and screen acting. There are more than 1,500 alumni working in Canada and abroad. www.cfccreates.com
Along with her 3 partners at Rhombus Media, she received a Doctor of Letters (H.C.) from York University in 1998. In 2009, she was awarded the Honorary Golden Rose at the Rose d’Or festival in Switzerland. She is also currently a board director of the Victoria Film Festival and the Soulpepper Theatre Company.
Heidi Pruuli studied musicology at the Estonian Music Academy. Since 1980 she has been working in Estonian Television as a producer and editor of hundreds of music programmes and films. In 1990 she became a Head of Music Programmes, 2005-2008 she worked as Commissioning Editor of Music, Proms and Live Events. Since 2008 Heidi Pruuli is occupying the position of Head of Programme ETV1. She has been an active member of EBU Music and Dance experts as well as IMZ more then 20 years.
Vladimir Strakoš is a graduate of Masaryk University, his major was Musical science. Since 1997 he has been an active reviewer of music in daily newspapers and specialized journals focusing on music of the 20th century and jazz. In 2000 he completed an internship at the Royal Holloway University of London. Since 2003 he has worked as a Dramaturge of the Center of Music and Theater Creation in Czech Television Brno. Here he has been involved in the creation of musical and current affairs cycles (Notes, Terra musica), specialized projects (Radiorock, Bravo!), recordings of jazz and classical music, and last but not least the original TV documentaries (Artivists, Music Ghetto Brno, At hundred Broms, Every Child is a Musician, Joseph Berg and his Dreaming). As a representative of Czech Television he participated in the Jury of the International Festival of Public Broadcasters Prix Circom Regional 2010. Since 2010 he has been a member of dramaturgical councils of Brno Philharmonic and the International Festival JazzFestBrno.
Martin Traxl was born in the Austrian province of Carinthia, he studied journalism and theatre arts, and has been working for the ORF since 1985.
He gathered his first experiences as a journalist in the Aktueller Dienst program of the Carinthian ORF studio. As of 1987, Traxl became a permanent member of the radio arts section in Vienna, where he contributed to programmes such as "Morgenjournal", "Mittagsjournal", "Kultur aktuell", and "Ö1 danach". Moreover, he helped develop the arts section of the Ö3 radio station, presented the theatre programme "Im Rampenlicht" reshaped by himself, and was editor in chief in the arts section. In 1993 he was responsible for the development of the daily culture magazine „Leporello“.
Traxl made a name for himself in Germany as a correspondent for SFB, NDR, BR, and RIAS Berlin. Moreover, he was a member of the jury for several federal and state awards. From March 1995 until 1997, Traxl was the arts presenter of the "ZiB 1" daily news program, and prepared TV reports for the weekly programs "Treffpunkt Kultur" and "Am Schauplatz". Traxl presented the „ZiB 1“ from January 1998 to October 2002.
In January 1999, he was appointed director of culture information and culture magazines in the main arts department of the television section. In October 2005, Traxl changed to the Central Program Services department, where he was responsible for program coordination for 3sat.
Traxl is head of ORF–Culture Department since January 2007.