David Schalko

David Schalko, author, director and managing partner of Superfilm, was born in 1973.

He became known in Austria with the program without a name, which established a completely new genre on television starting in 2002. This was followed by numerous award-winning formats as part of ORF Donnerstag Nacht, such as Willkommen Österreich (since 2007).

In the German-speaking world, Schalko is considered the most style-defining television maker of his generation.

His most important fictional film works include Aufschneider (Ö 2010) with Josef Hader, the mockumentary Das Wunder von Wien (Ö 2008), and the feature film Wie man leben soll (Ö 2011) based on a novel by Thomas Glavinic.

Schalko made his international TV breakthrough with the award-winning mini-series Braunschlag (Ö 2012), which became the most successful series in Austria in 20 years and ran alongside renowned HBO and BBC productions in the “10 most important works worldwide” category at the Cologne Conference, among others.

Schalko’s second series Altes Geld (Ö 2015) attracted high international attention and was also awarded at the 13th Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu 2015, among others.

In 2018, Schalko adapted Fritz Lang’s classic 1931 film M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder, co-writing the screenplay with Evi Romen.

The six-part series celebrated its world premiere at the Berlinale 2019.

As a novelist, he made a name for himself with the novel Weiße Nacht (Jung&Jung Verlag, 2009), among others, against which Jörg Haider’s aide Stefan Petzner filed a lawsuit. The trial was followed internationally with great attention.

It was followed in 2013 by the novel Knoi, which finally established Schalko as a novelist. His fourth novel Schwere Knochen was published in 2018 by Kiepenhauer&Witsch Verlag.