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Achim Podak was born in 1967 in Stuttgart. He works as a television journalist for several leading German TV-cultural magazines, including ARD-Kulturweltspiegel, Kulturreport, Titel, Thesen, Temperamente as well as for the German-Austrian-Swiss broadcaster 3Sat's Kulturzeit. He has also done several feature productions for the German public broadcaster ARD and ARTE. Film, literature and cultural politics are the main focus of his work. In 2000, he directed the documentary Dance with Death - The Ufa-Star Sybille Schmitz (Tanz mit dem Tod - Der Ufa-Star Sybille Schmitz).