Damian Kirzner

 

With a varied and intense career of more than 30 years in film, radio and television, Damián is today a pioneer in the region and an active "evangelist" of new narrative models.

Director, producer, teacher and promoter of the latest developments in the immersive and transmedia universe, he anticipated, almost without knowing it, the new way of producing shows incorporating the possibilities of new technologies when he launched, in 1999, the Channel 4 (UK) format "Wanted", under the name of "Fugitives" on the screens of Telefé/Argentina and Antena 3/Spain. The entertainment, which was a landmark, was based on a "hunt" conducted by the audience using a map of the city, with live satellite mobiles and audience participation via telephone and in the streets.

Then came other innovative uses of technology and entertainment, from cases such as "Personal Stand Up" in 2004 (a stand-up cycle for cell phones, promoted as the "first TV show for cell phones"), the immersive game for cell phones with geolocation in augmented reality "Hunters”, where a community uses the city map as a board to chase each other and play in real life (a predecessor of "Pokemon Go" and "Ingress", the content was acquired by the North American company Berggi), the TV program "Hoy es tu día" for Canal 13 in Argentina (a big show with mobile monetization), and "We are all CONNECTED", created for Canal 10 in Uruguay in 2012, a TV show where the audience generated the content of the program via webcam from all over the world, which anticipated the TV that would come to prevail with COVID19 for the use of lightweight audiovisual production tools and which has been broadcast by TVPublica Argentina since 2020.

Among other distinctions, Damian was voted "Young Creative Media Entrepreneur" by the British Council in 2011 and was a Finalist in the EMMY DIGITAL AWARDS for "We're All Connected" in 2013.

In 2014, he created "Mediamorfosis" the first Forum dedicated to thinking about the future of media and promoting the immersive and transmedia industry in the region, of which he is the General Director and which has been held for 22 editions between Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Colombia.

Damian has a degree in Social Communication (UBA) and was the creator of TV hits such as "Sorpresa y media", "Fugitivos", "Ardetroya" and producer of key Argentine TV series such as "Juana y sus Hermanas" and "Okupas". He has also worked as Artistic Manager of "Ideas del Sur", "Promofilm" and his own companies "Fatto in Casa", in partnership with Matías Martin, and "New Sock", founded in 2009 in partnership with Santiago Bilinkis.

He was also a prolific producer of fiction with directors such as Fabián Bielinsky (in the development of "9 Reinas"), Eliseo Subiela (e.g. "No te mueras sin decirme adónde vas"/1995 and "Despabilate amor"/1996, Juan Jose Jusid (e.g. "Donde estas amor mi vida, no te puedo encontrar"/1994), Bruno Stagnaro (P. General Prod. E.g. "Donde estas amor de mi vida, que no te puedo encontrar"/1994, Marcos Carnevale (General Prod. "Chica Cosmica"/1998), Bruno Stagnaro (P. Gral. "Okupas"/1999) and Pablo Fisherman (P.Gral. "Señoras y Señores/1997), among others.

Several of his products have received the Martin Fierro award (Sorpresa y media, Señoras y Señores, Okupas, among others), and he was awarded the gold medal at the New York festival for the series "Cuatro amigas" (P.Gral./2000).

In 2016, he created the audiovisual format "Padres e Hijos" which broadcasts LN+ and TVPUBLICA, which has been running for 3 seasons now.

Between 2015 and 2017 he was in charge of accelerating the audiovisual and transmedia transformation in LA NACION newspaper in Argentina, where he developed the area from the cycle "Conversations" to the design, architecture and construction of the TV Channel LN+ of which he was its first Programming and Content Manager. La Nación de Argentina, donde desarrolló el área desde el ciclo “Conversaciones” hasta el diseño, arquitectura y construcción del Canal de TV LN+ del que fue su primer Gerente de programación y contenidos.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of CAPPA, The Argentine Chamber of Small and Medium Audiovisual Production Companies.