About the project.
2018 – 2019
Tatort is a German language police procedural television series that has been running continuously since 1970 with some 30 feature-length episodes per year, which makes it the longest-running German TV drama. Developed by the German public-service broadcasting organisation ARD, it is unique in its approach, in that it is jointly produced by all of the organisation’s regional members, whereby every regional station contributes a number of episodes to a common pool.
Therefore, the series is a collection of different police stories where different police teams each solve crimes in their respective city. Uniqueness in architecture, customs and dialects of the cities is a distinctive part of the series and often the city, not the police force is the real main character of an episode. The concept of local stations only producing a couple of shows per year has also enabled to produce episodes on a feature film length and level.
At the SWR, the regional public broadcasting corporation for the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, we produce six Tatort episodes per year. Out detectives are based in Stuttgart, Ludwigshafen and in the Schwarzwald, all episodes are produced at the SWR headquarter in Baden-Baden.
We work in a team of several sustainability managers on each Tatort episode and try to apply our concept after the final screenplay was approved by the editor. Most of the sustainability managers are working part-time in production as an additional role to their respective job (for example production manager, 2nd assistant director). Since I am the only full-time sustainability manager, my function was to coordinate the team, collect the data and to provide an evaluation after the project.