UFA is reorganising its Management Board. Natalie Clausen will become COO and a member of the Management Board on 19 February 2024. In her newly created role, she will report directly to Sascha Schwingel, CEO of UFA since September 2023. Joachim Kosack will leave the Board to focus on the management of UFA Serial Drama, together with Markus Brunnemann.
At UFA Documentary, Managing Director Gwendolin Szyszkowitz-Schwingel has decided to leave at the end of the month to pursue career opportunities outside of UFA. In the future, UFA Documentary will be managed by Marc Lepetit, who has co-managed the unit beside Gwendolin to date.
Sascha Schwingel, CEO of UFA, says: "Natalie Clausen is an experienced and passionate manager who is appreciated by talents and has an excellent network in the media industry. She has proven her outstanding expertise both at an internationally successful streaming service and at UFA itself. With her outside perspective, she will bring valuable input for more creativity in a flexible and lean organisation, alongside the clever use of technology. I am very much looking forward to working with Natalie and wish her every success in her new role.
Sascha continues: “At the same time, I would like to thank Joachim for his many successful years as part of UFA’s Management Board and am delighted he will focus his extensive expertise on UFA Serial Drama. This puts us in an excellent position for the further development of our long-running daily series. I would also like to thank Gwendolin for building up UFA Documentary and realising outstanding productions such as Mythos Jungfernhäutchen and Jung, wild, grenzenlos. I wish her all the best for her professional future."
Natalie Clausen, incoming COO of UFA, says: "The role of COO is the challenge I have been looking for. Change always opens up new opportunities and possibilities. UFA has an impressive past and its programmes reach millions of people every day. I am very much looking forward to helping to shape UFA's success story together with Sascha Schwingel and the entire UFA team."
As Senior Production Manager at Netflix, Natalie was responsible for productions such as The Empress, Kleo and Liebes Kind (Dear Child). She previously worked as a production manager and line producer for internationally successful productions such as Babylon Berlin and UFA’s Charité and Deutschland 89.