Roland May, director, head writer, Berlin
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    Fictional projects as director

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2016The Great Arab RevoltDocu-Fiction Mini SeriesRoland MaySpica Media [jo]

    Non-fictional projects as director

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2021Cold Cases (WT)Documentary Series, VOX [de]MultipleFebruar Film GmbH
    202037° Grad - Bei aller Liebe. Paare mit großem AltersunterschiedDocumentary (Series), ZDF [de]MultipleFebruar Film GmbH
    2020Corona - Schock und ZeitenwendeDocumentary, 3satRoland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH
    2020Terra X - Das Trojanische Pferd. Auf der Spur eines Mythos (ZDF)Documentary (Series), ZDF [de]Roland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH
    2019Ein Flughafen am Ende der Welt - Die Geschichte des Gander International AirportDocumentary, 3sat, ZDF [de], ZDFinfo [de]Roland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH
    2018The WitchesDocumentary, SWR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    2018Bühnenzauber - Hinter den Kulissen der Berliner StaatsoperDocumentary, ZDF [de]Roland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH
    201637° Grad - So wie du bist. Kinder von Eltern mit BehinderungenDocumentary (Series), ZDF [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    2013Die Todesfahrt der Costa Concordia - Anatomie einer KatastropheDocumentary, ARD [de]Roland MayDOKfilm Fernsehproduktion GmbH
    2013Berlin2ShanghaiDocumentary (Mini Series), EinsPlus (ARD) [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    201237° Grad - LiebespflichtDocumentary (Series), ZDF [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    2011Überall und nirgendwo - Was morgen die Welt bewegtDocumentary, SR [de], SWR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    2010Deckname Annett - Im Netz der StasiDocumentary, ZDF [de]Roland MayZiegler Film GmbH & Co. KG
    2009Detroit - Zwischen Utopie und UntergangDocumentary, arte, SR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    2009Die Könige vom ErdgeschossReport, ZDF [de]MultipleLAVAFILM GmbH
    2008Im Einsatz für Kinder - Wenn Familienhelfer eingreifenReport, ZDF [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    200837° Grad - Leben auf Pump (WT)Documentary (Series), ZDF [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    2008Tausend kleine Revolutionen (WT)Documentary, arte, ZDF [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbH
    200824h Berlin - A Day in the LifeDocumentaryMultipleZero One Film GmbH [de]
    2007Une histoire d'amour au temps de la guerre froideDocumentary (Mini Series), ARD [de]Roland MayMediopolis Film und Fernsehproduktion GmbH [de]

    Fictional projects as head writer

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2016The Great Arab RevoltDocu-Fiction Mini SeriesRoland MaySpica Media [jo]

    Fictional projects in other activities

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2008Puccini - Die dunkle Seite des Mondes (WT)TV Movie, 3satAndreas MorellLAVAFILM GmbHproducer

    Non-fictional projects in other activities

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2020Corona - Schock und ZeitenwendeDocumentary, 3satRoland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbHtv writer
    2020Terra X - Das Trojanische Pferd. Auf der Spur eines Mythos (ZDF)Documentary (Series), ZDF [de]Roland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbHscreenwriter
    2018The WitchesDocumentary, SWR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbHscreenwriter
    2018Bühnenzauber - Hinter den Kulissen der Berliner StaatsoperDocumentary, ZDF [de]Roland MayGruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbHscreenwriter
    2012die story - Die Jagd nach Land. Das globale Geschäft mit fruchtbarem BodenDocumentary (Series), SWR [de]Chiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2012WDR Weltweit - Talente für DeutschlandReport (Series), WDR [de]Chiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2011Die Stadt der Frauen / City of Women (WT)Documentary, arte, SR [de]Chiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2010Der Brennmeister vom Funtensee (WT)Documentary, SWR [de]Sven IhdenLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2009Ein Laptop gegen die ArmutDocumentary, arte, RAI [it], YLE TV [fi], ZDF [de]Chiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2009Und es wird KlangDocumentary, 3sat, ZDF [de]Andreas MorellLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2009Die Könige vom ErdgeschossReport, ZDF [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2008Wrong Place Wrong CrimeDocumentaryChiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2008Bilderbuch Deutschland - Merseburg (WT)Documentary (Series)Sven IhdenLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2008Good Morning AfricaDocumentary, ARD [de], RAI [it], SR [de], YLE TV [fi]Chiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    200737° Grad - Meine Welt hat tausend RätselDocumentary (Series), ZDF [de]Chiara SambuchiLAVAFILM GmbHproducer
    2007Une histoire d'amour au temps de la guerre froideDocumentary (Mini Series), ARD [de]MultipleMediopolis Film und Fernsehproduktion GmbH [de]screenwriter
    2005On Dangerous Tracks - The Baghdad RailwayDocumentary, arte, History (History Channel), SWR [de]Roland MayLAVAFILM GmbHco-writer

    Shows/Live/Events in other activities

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2000Das Inselduell - Nur einer kommt durchTV-Show, SAT.1Christoph JumpeltEyeland TV-Produktions GmbHcommissioning editor in charge

    Film awards

    YearFilmAwardCategory 
    2010Detroit - Zwischen Utopie und UntergangFriedrich-Vogel-PreisFernehenWinner
    2005Damals in der DDRAdolf Grimme PreisInformation&KulturWinner

    Basic data

    NationalityGerman
    LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Portuguese Spanish
    Experience abroadAustralia and Oceania: New Zealand, Polynesia, Tahiti
    Central America: Bahamas
    Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Syria
    North Africa: Morocco
    North America: Canada, Mexico, USA
    East Asia: China, Japan
    South America: Argentina, Brazil
    Southern Europe: Italy, Spain, Turkey
    Southeast Asia: India, Malaysia
    Western Europe: Austria, England, France
    EducationRoland May studied journalism, drama and cinematography and Latin American politics and culture at Freie Universitšt Berlin. Since 1987 he has written and directed documentaries and docu-dramas for German TV broadcasters, worked as news-editor with n-tv and as managing editor with RTL. He worked with Corporate Communications since 1994 and produced or directed advertising films for the FORD Motor Company and Siemens with Young&Rubicam and Scholz&Friends.
    Immediate working areaBerlin
    1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Berlin
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