Nanny Erbin: Just don’t stick to one type

If the bride had been a profession, she would have embraced it. Nanny Erbin once revealed this in a podcast to her top boss, Marcus Walter. She wears a dream of taffeta and tulle every day, preferably a model Lady Di, whom I admire in front of the TV, how cool is that? But reality is tough, and early childhood career aspirations are forced to adapt. Only once did the daughter of a fashion designer and documentary photographer wear a wedding dress (congratulations to the husband!). However, she has found her greatest professional happiness: “I can be a producer,” the MadeFor Film co-director happily shouts to anyone who asks her about it.

It’s also a win-win situation, because Nanni Erben has already brought a bride or two to television in the producer role.

Last week the world celebrated a particularly tragic example. On August 31, 1997, a Princess of Wales In a car tunnel in Paris, after 16 summers of televised marriage with more than 750 million viewers worldwide plus seven-year-old Nanny from Nieder Ulm in Rheinhesen. Of course, the hagiography that was broadcast on the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death was far from such a standard rating. Erben’s MadeFor Film has also contributed to a memorial work on ZDF with “Diana’s Last Night,” which is half documentary and half fictional that illustrates the wildest conspiracy theories about her death and not only in terms of content, but also in terms of resonance (2.41) million viewers satisfied with producer and broadcaster on Both.

But of course there’s a lot more to Nanni Erben than just puppetry. During the 48 years of her life, she was responsible for more than 100 television productions, including 30 episodes of “Tatort” and six movie-hearted seasons of “Marie Fangs Fire”, historical series such as “Ottilie von Faber-Castell”, three seasons of the sitcom Mrs. Jordan equals; and the instant series Loving Makes about lesbian love. So cinema and soap operas are her profession. The question arises: how are things going since Erbens MadeFor became part of Germany’s Banijay production network, which specializes in shows like “The Masked Singer”?


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Two years ago, the show came with Gunnar Juncken and her team to slip under the roof of construction led by Marcus Wolter. Fantasy hasn’t been in Banijay’s entertainment portfolio yet. The impulse was that Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann switched to Leonine with their television production company, with Nanni Erben a deputy since 2018. Without thinking twice, she seized the opportunity: “It has always been my dream to start my own company,” he said. Head of MadeFor, radiating an infectious lust for life from her bright office in Berlin’s old Charlottenburg building.

If you make an appointment with her digitally, you can hardly get rid of the black and white photos taken in the background. Isabelle Adjani, Jane Birkin and Nadia Teller, all three singers at the on-screen premiere and portrayed by Lee Erben, Nanny Erben’s aunt. As the youngest female photographer, she started with German film in 1958 and made “Forever Film Stills”, as praised by former Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. Later, for Brigitte and Paris Match, Urban Lee brought characters in front of the lens whose names still flicker after her death: Fellini! Chagall! Dali! (By the way, Diana, the most photographed woman in the world, was not there.)

My niece and aunt followed each action with great interest. When the landline rings, Nanni Erben knows it’s either her parents or Li Erben with “always very honest” comments. “Fortunately, you like what I do most of the time.”

The visual and creative familial flair cannot be ruled out. Of course, Nanny Arben’s parents, whom she describes as conservative hippies and role models, have had an even greater impact on her career. While Monika Erben has succeeded in designing batik costumes, Harald Erben has shot documentaries about Asia for ZDF. Singapore became the birthplace of Nani Arben. In 1978, the family returned to Germany, to Nieder-Olm, a quarter of an hour’s drive from Lerchenberg in Mainz, where the heir’s daughter worked as a recording director after graduating from high school. Her passion for storytelling eventually led her to Ludwigsburg, where she entered the production cycle in 1996. Nico Hoffmann, her professor at the Film Academy, ranked first, and so one day the qualified graduate was surprised by a deep voice on the answering machine: This is Regina Ziegler, I’d like to get to know you.

The first showdown turned into 12 years of professional training, during which Nani Arben promoted “All Great Women” to Friday night in the first, as “The Whole Woman” Kristen Neubauer. These rom-coms, which satisfy the craving for sweetening after hours with a dash of liberation, wouldn’t usually be called “movies made for ages,” but, hey, they had great reviews. Little by little, the junior producer also gained experience in crime stories and documentaries, and allowed “The Caravan” to travel through Mongolia and work on Stasi’s story in a very purposeful way.

Since she was young in her business, Nanny Erben, even with the Ziegler family, attached great importance to making a wide range of her own as a producer. Don’t be kind of restricted! “Unfortunately, this always happens very quickly in Germany,” she laments, then talks about the female directors who contacted her and complained that I did too much comedy, and no one allowed me to come close to the crime novel. “Then I ask myself, why is this, and does it have to be?”

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Because she started her career with strong producers like Regina and Tanja Ziegler, she never felt that women in the film industry were disadvantaged: “Equality is of course for me.” Sex she sits opposite. “I’m completely neutral, it’s always about people and the best idea,” she adds, laughing after a short pause, “and then the guys came along.”

Quereen Berg and Max Wiedemann accounted for the following decade for Nanny Urban as producer, which probably also applies to the reverse. Working together was new and different for her at first, but the exchange was “always fun.” The men in Munich allowed the women to set up a branch of the production of Wiedemann & Berg films in Berlin. When the breakup came in 2020, which was really “very friendly and unproblematic,” it was naturally the case that Erben would continue the projects he had acquired at MadeFor. As well as “crime scenes” in Weimar and Dresden.

One is weird and has a black humor, the other is strong and has a dual female team – being able to play the big block of Sunday night TV with MDR is a “special gift” for Nanni Erben, especially given that variety. That is why it must hurt her that the Weimar “crime scene” is currently suspended; In any case, a new episode with Tschirner / Ulmen was not planned. The first “crime scene” was shot in Berlin with new commissioner Corina Harfouche alongside Mark Wachke.

RBB’s “Crime Scene,” which has been hit hard by this case, is scheduled to air sometime next year. It will definitely be good anyway. With this coup cast! Besides, MadeFor now has all the power of Banijay behind it and can, as the CEO promised, “rely on all of our support”, right?

“Obviously we are benefiting from the national and international Banijay network,” Nani Arbin replies, without wanting to go into too much detail. The fact that she has fully absorbed the “creative entrepreneurial spirit” that Bangai “lives” in her third year of membership, is reflected in every one of her sentences, which should make the group leader blush: Marcus Walter promotes creative exchange and entrepreneurship within a very large group, Sahar specializes in fantasy. All companies and brands operate independently and singly, and there is no legacy company or reporting structure, which you find very valuable, especially in times of structural consolidation. Best Support is “Marcus Walter believes in us and our vision and shares our passion and enthusiasm for projects, even when there are setbacks.

In the recent past the Grimme Award-winning producer (for Berlin “Tatort: ​​Meta”) actually existed. RTL+’s series “Mirella Schulze Saves the World” last year did not make it past the first season, which still baffles Erben: “It might have been better had we never mentioned it was about climate change and Greta Thunberg, but that’s just A new family comedy series?

But Marcus Walter himself had a fiasco, as he revealed in his podcast: When he approached Nanny Erben with an idea for a movie, she turned it down. Not good. not better. It doesn’t matter anyway.

Of course, Nani Arben is still allowed to go up the mountain.

Even before the presentation of the German Television Award on 13/14. September, whose jury includes MadeFor President, Marcus Walter, like every year, pushes its leaders into the mountains to Maria Alm, located between Steinernes Meer and Hochkönig, not only to strengthen the sense of togetherness in the group. Alpine retreat is also used to critique maneuvering, brainstorming, and anticipating new projects. They are all top secret, of course; During the seminars, the mobile phone, pssst!, should not be used.

But who knows, maybe one or another conversation is going on about a bride?

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