Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedmann

Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedmann
Serial Storytelling

Joachim Friedmann is a German screenwriter, comic writer, developer of online formats, and media scholar. He worked for popular TV series like »In aller Freundschaft«, »Die Camper«, »Der letzte Bulle (The Last Cop)«, and »Die Lindenstraße«. As a comic writer, he is the only German to write »Donald Duck« stories in English. He created the comics series »Lais and Ben« (Carlsen Publishing House) and wrote the comic adaptation of the TV movie »Mörderische Entscheidung« with Oliver Hirschbiegel. Another focus of his work is interactive, online-based formats and games. In this field, he was responsible for concept and storytelling of the transmedia project centering on the DFB mascot »Paule« and designed the award-winning interactive learning game »Die Schlaumäuse«. Since 2001, he has been teaching dramaturgy, series development, and series writing at the University of Hildesheim and at various film schools. In 2017 he became professor of Serial Storytelling at ifs internationale filmschule köln. Friedmann’s dissertation on »Transmedia Narrative: Narrative Design in Literature, Film, Graphic Novel and Game« was published in 2016, his textbook »Storytelling« (UTB) in 2019.


2019 In aller Freundschaft – Ganz in Weiß (90 min. special) since 2014 In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte 2009-2014 Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten since 2009 In aller Freundschaft (Bambi Publikumspreis 2014) 2011 Der letzte Bulle 2008 Klinik am Alex 2007 Sekretärinnen (nominated for Grimme award 2014) 2006 Hinter Gittern 1999-2005 Die Camper (nominated for Deutscher Comedypreis 2002, nominated for Golden Rose of Montreux 2002) 2004 Nicht von dieser Welt 2001-2004 Für alle Fälle Stefanie 2003 Die wahren Abenteuer des Baron Münchhausen 2001 Lupin III (dubbing books) 1997-2001 Lindenstraße (Goldene Kamera 1998, Adolf-Grimme award 2001)

GAMES & ONLINE (Selection)

2014 Paule (Author and concept developer for transmedia portal of DFB-mascots) 2013 Schlaumäuse (awarded with »Digita 2013«; Microsoft Deutschand)  2012-2013 Rakuns (Stiftung Kindergesundheit, 2012 Galileo Genial (Pro7)

COMIC (Selection)

1995-2003 Donald Duck 1991 Mörderische Entscheidung (Adaption gem. mit O. Hirschbiegel) 1990-1995 Lais und Ben 1994-1997 Lindenstraße


»Serial storytelling does not begin with the ›Sopranos‹ and ›Six Feet Under‹, but with the ›Odyssey‹ and the ›Mahabharata‹. Serial and epic storytelling is a trans-historic and transcultural phenomenon. On this basis, I will work together with the students to create contemporary and future-oriented serial formats, explore the possibilities of interactive and transmedia narrative, and show that artistic thinking and marketability are not mutually exclusive.«


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