Foto Prof. Lena Thiele

Prof. Lena Thiele

Co-founder of the MA Digital Narratives | Lecturer


Author and Creative Director Miiqo Studios UG; a. o. Webseries NETWARS – OUT OF CTRL (SXSW Interaction Innovation Award, Grimme Online Award)

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Lena Thiele, author and creative director of the Berlin-based media company Miiqo Studios UG, has been designing and producing award-winning digital media formats such as web series, interactive storytelling formats and games since 2003.

Her main focus is on the creative combination of state-of-the-art technology and high-quality journalistic content to create innovative formats that intensively involve the recipient and create an experience.

The production, the web series netwars/out of CTRL, has received numerous awards including the SXSW Innovation Award for Best Visual Media Experience, the Grimme Online Award and the Prix Italia 2015.

Since 2012, as Head of Studies and Trainer, she has developed the Audience Design Training Program at TorinoFilmLab. In addition, she worked as a trainer for international programs and universities such as the Dok Leipzig NetLab, Berlinale Residency, the HFF Munich, Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, or the ZHdK and as a consultant for the international media industry. In recent years she has been a member of the jury of the International Digital Emmy® Award in the non-fiction sector on several occasions. In 2018 she was a member of the jury of the Grimme Online Award. Lena Thiele completed her studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with a Magister Artium degree.



2015  Netwars – Out of CTRL

Prix Italia, Best Transmedia Experience 
Grimme Online, Knowledge and Education 
SXSW/South by Southwest Interaction Innovation Award for Best Visual Media Experience 
Preis für crossmediale Programminnivationen 
Deutscher Digital Award, Bronze, Category Website, Mobile and Stationary 
Japan Award for Best Work Creative Frontier

2014  Site of the Day

The FWA 

2013  Farewell Comrades! Interactive

REMI Winner Worldfest Houston 
Focal International Award 
Best Webdocumentary France24/RFI 
Nominated for Deutsch-Französischer Journalistenpreis 
In Competition: FIPA 
Nominated for WEBTV Festival 
Nominated for France 24-RFI Web Documentary Award
Nominated for Prix Europa 
Nominated for DocLab Award

2006  Werner: Haat am Ball

Deutscher Entwicklerpreis / Best Mobile Actiongame

2006  Armed Forces

Deutscher Entwicklerpreis / Best Mobile Strategy Game

»My work has been shaped by the transformation of digitalization. It is an exciting time to be in as we have the rare opportunity to reshape and co-create the way stories are being told and how we can connect people through story by using the innovation of digital technology to create a real human emotional experience.«

Lena Thiele

Professor Digital Narratives – Art & Design