When you grow up in a small town, you have only two choices: stay or leave. Michael Rueger (*1967) left his bavarian hometown at the age of 15, began to study art/design and learned programming. With 19, he joined the TV department at BBDO (Advertising Agency) in Düsseldorf (Germany) as a production assistant. After half a year, BBDO sent him off to Ridley Scott Assc. (New York) for a six month exchange program.
Coming back from New York, he worked in the agency as a junior producer on TV commercials for the Deutsche Telekom, Henkel and others. In 1991 he left BBDO to work as a freelance producer. Dozens of commercials later, he joined the NDF (Neue Deutsche Filmproduktion) to work on serial drama productions and to learn the art of script development. During this time he produced a Cop-Show for SAT.1: „Der König“ and in 1995 accepted a job-offer from SAT.1. After one („terrible“) year, Michael left SAT.1 for Grundy UFA Production - the nr.1 production company for daily und weekly soaps („Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten“, „Verbotene Liebe“, „Hinter Gittern“ etc.). He learned the secrets of daily soap production und worked as a Creative Producer on new formats.
From the mid-nineties on, internet became Michael's new and lasting passion. He plunged into the development of interactive formats. In 1999, he left Grundy Ufa to work as a freelance Internet Entertainment Consultant and Developer. He has developed long term relationships with clients like „Die Argonauten“, „RTL New Media“ and „Bertelsmann Content Network“. Besides this he is - together with Inga v. Staden - Director of Studies for Digital Producing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
His specialties are: Games and Convergence, and all the stuff you need to have fun with on your PC and the web.
a lot, but here are a few:
The Kid Stays in the Picture (Robert Evans)
Militärmusik (Wladimer Kaminer)
Special Effects (Richard Rickitt)