KATYA KRAUSOVA

 

katya@portobellomedia.co.uk +44 (0) 7836 638958

 

 

Katya Krausova is a British independent television producer/director. Czechoslovak born,

Ms Krausova arrived in Britain following the 1968 Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia and

she completed her undergraduate studies in economics and politics at the LONDON SCHOOL

OF ECONOMICS and post–graduate studies at ST ANTONY’S COLLEGE OXFORD. She started

her television career at the BBC in 1976 where she researched and produced many current

affairs documentaries including a number of award winning PANORAMA investigations.

 

Topics ranged from co!existence with the Soviet Union, issues affecting Germany in the

seventies and eighties, attempts to achieve an Islamic nuclear bomb to President Carter’s

handling of the US/Iran hostage crisis. After the BBC she continued her career as an

INDEPENDENT PRODUCER / DIRECTOR primarily in the field of MUSIC and ARTS and her

documentaries and performance programmes have been co!produced with many national

broadcasters world!wide. Amongst the many internationally renowned artists she has

repeatedly worked with are SIR GEORG SOLTI, JACQUELINE DU PRE, ANDRAS SCHIFF and

DANIEL BARENBOIM, KIRI TE KANAWA, Barbican 5th Birthday concert with MURRAY PERAHIA,

a LIVE GALA CONCERT FROM PRAGUE CASTLE FOR PRINCE CHARLES and PRESIDENT HAVEL’s

Prague Heritage Foundation, Beethoven sonatas with Claudio Arrau for his 80th birthday, a

documentary on VIKTORIA MULLOVA’s first year out of the Soviet Union!Welcome to the West,

Andras Schiff in Budapest, and with the Royal Ballet choreographer DAVID BINTLEY a number

of his original pieces! Gallantries, Hobson’s Choice as well as Still Life at Penguin Cafe. In 1994

she CO!PRODUCED a major feature film of VLADIMIR VOINOVICH’S “LIFE AND EXTRAORDINARY

ADVENTURES OF PRIVATE IVAN CHONKIN” directed by the Oscar winning Czech director Jiri

Menzel with an all Russian cast. The film was awarded the Gold Medal at the 1994 Venice Film

Festival. Since the political changes in Eastern Europe, Ms Krausova has been involved in

ADVISING as well as PROJECT MANAGING in the film and television industries of the CZECH

REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, POLAND, BULGARIA, ROMANIA and the UKRAINE and setting

up a SOAP!OPERA in KAZAKSTAN in association with the KNOW HOW FUND, British government’s

technical assistance programme for the countries of the former Soviet bloc. She has initiated and

organised the EAST WEST PRODUCERS SEMINAR, which has since its establishment in 1990,

completed a number of TRAINING activities in the field of: BUSINESS OF FILM and TELEVISION,

MEDIA and ENTERTAINMENT LAW, COPYRIGHT PROTECTION, SPONSORSHIP and MARKETING

FORTHE ARTS. Over three hundred young professionals from all over Eastern Europe and the

former Soviet Union participated in the ANNUAL WORKSHOPSandMASTERCLASSES, as well as

twenty five Orchestra managers who learned “survival methods” in the absence of State

subsidies. Other Know How Fund supported activities in this field included consultancies to

Czech Broadcasting Council, Management reports for Polish, Slovak and Bulgarian and Czech

Television, Business plan for the PRIVATIZATION of the BARRANDOV FILM STUDIOS. SINCE

2002 Ms Krausova has been active as a producer in the field of INTERNATIONAL DEBATES as a

Founder member and Producer of INTELLIGENCE SQUARED the now well established debating

forum based in London. with the NEXUS Institute in HOLLAND organizing a series of intellectual

summits, amongst them a series on both sides of the Atlantic entitled “EUROPEABEAUTIFUL

IDEA” which coincided with the Dutch Presidency of the EU. producing international academic

workshops and debates in the field of economics, politics, international relations and

neuro–economics, sponsored by the US based GRUTER INSTITUTE Foundation in collaboration 

with Queen Mary College, London University and the NYU Business School, which took place on

both sides of the Atlantic in 2007. SINCE 2005 she has been working on a major documentary

project about the remains of Jewish culture in Slovakia, following the work of the celebrated

Canadian photographer YURI DOJC. A series of exhibitions entitled LAST FOLIO showcasing this

project has already been travelling in Europe and the UK since 2008 and is planned to be further

exhibited in MAJOR MUSEUMS AND INSTITUTIONS in MOSCOW, NEW YORK, BRUXELLES, BERLIN,

and AMSTERDAM amongst others. There is a documentary film in the process of post!production.

She was the CO–FOUNDER of the leading UK Arts and Drama independent film and television

production company PORTOBELLO PICTURES, which won the 1997 ACADEMY AWARD for KOLYA,

the BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM. Portobello Media, which she is a Director of, continues to

provide media consultancy as well as produce a variety of projects Ms Krausova is BASED IN

LONDON and SPEAKS ENGLISH, SLOVAK, CZECH, RUSSIAN, GERMAN and some Spanish.