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Henning Molfenter and Thierry Potok are, respectively, the current and former managing director of Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures (SBMP), at Europe's oldest and most renowned film studio. Studio Babelsberg, located in Berlin, is a full-service operation for film and television production.
Henning Molfenter began his film industry career with the New York-based production company Cinehaus. There, he worked with producers Michael Hausman and Scott Ferguson on such projects as Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon; and Robert Benton's Twilight.
He was then hired to be in charge of international high-budget productions at Studio Babelsberg. Roman Polanski's multi-Academy Award-winning The Pianist (which he executive-produced, and which was also a Focus Features release) was his first project at the Studio, followed by Jean-Marie Poiré's My Wife Maurice (which he co-produced). He became head of production in 2003.
Thierry Potok, with a background in the finance sector, was appointed head of Vivendi Deutschland (then the owner of Studio Babelsberg) in January 1999. He founded SBMP in 2001 and, with Mr. Molfenter, successfully launched an initiative to bring Studio Babelsberg into a new filmmaking resource for the 21st Century.
Together, they supervised the Studio shoots of, as executive producers, Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea; as co-producers, Frank Coraci's Around the World in 80 Days, Breck Eisner's Sahara, and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven; and, as associate producers, Paul W.S. Anderson's Alien vs. Predator, and Karyn Kusama's upcoming Aeon Flux, among other major productions.
Mr. Molfenter holds an M.F.A. in Film Production from Columbia University (in New York City), where he was a teaching assistant to professor, and Focus Features co-president, James Schamus.
Mr. Potok now runs his own Berlin production company, DALKA. He is also an international management consultant; and a film financing advisor to various production companies in Germany, France, and the U.S. He holds a degree from the école Polytechnique in Paris, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University (in California).