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Michael Karen began his career as an actor and radio reporter before making his first short Die Loosers in 1986. He followed this with various jobs on documentaries, a six-month stay in Los Angeles, and directing for television in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He attended the Frank Daniel script workshop and Robert McKee's story structure seminar and directed the musical The Little Shop of Horrors in Duesseldorf in 1995. Apart from writing many scripts for film and television, a selection of his directing credits include: Im Namen des Gesetzes (TV, 1994), So ist das Leben - Die Wagenfelds (TV, 1995), Parkhotel Stern (TV, 1996), Die Diebin (TV, 1997), Verfuehrt - eine gefaehrliche Affaere (TV, 1998), Alarm fuer Cobra 11 -Die Autobahnpolizei (TV, 1999), Flashback (1999), SOS - The Bunnyguards on Board (Erkan & Stefan - Der Tod kommt krass, 2005), Arme Millionaer (TV, 2006), Summerhill (2007), Pro7 Funny Movies - Halloween Horror Hostel (2007), and Killerbees (Die Bienen - Toedliche Bedrohung, 2008).