QX: On Monday you recorded the first broadcast of your new TV format "Meinungsfern.", which will be aired on 25th of November at 11:00 pm on BR. With your concept of "politicians at the bar" you want to show people that talking about politics is still interesting and entertaining. Please tell me, how exciting was it? And did you have a good discussion with our second highest German politician, Dr. Norbert Lammert?
David: I think that atmosphere is a key factor for an interesting conversation. Surprisingly, and in spite of the fact that we have four cameras and staff around, it still feels like a small, cosy pub. It still feels like you are sitting at the bar with a beer talking about politics. That results in completely different statements from the politicians than the one’s you would usually get in an artificial tv-studio environment. Honestly, when the limousine arrived at the small pub my heartbeat was around 185 and, of course, I was very insecure about whether Dr. Lammert would feel comfortable. After the first few questions I realized that he was and that the conversation got better and better. Especially the last part, where he said things that I’ve never heard from him before. Maybe the best things are those you can only hear at a bar. :-)
QX: Dr. Norbert Lammert has only just made the criticism that modern public television has diminished in quality and that it's all about TV ratings. Which broadcasts do you still like to watch and how does “Meinungsfern.” stand out?
David: Actually, I agree with Dr. Lammert in many ways. Quality and ratings are often two different things and public television sometimes forgets this important distinction. Personally, I watch films on "Sky" and love to watch US-Series like "The Newsroom", "Homeland" or "How to make it in America". Of course, I also enjoy programs on non-payment-channels, like "quer" on BR, "Bauerfeind" on 3Sat or "TTT" on ARD. But, in my opinion, the variety of political information is far too little and this is exactly what we try to create on the supply-side: An ambitious conversation about one topic, with one competent politician, in the atmosphere of a bar next door.
QX: You've got a pretty colourful CV - from the football star at Bayern Munich to a teen heartthrob and serial hero in"AK" and "Freunde", to a Ph.D. of political economy and now you’re back in TV. How did this come about?
David: At first sight this reads like a shooting star prescription, but it definitely isn’t. In my life some doors with great opportunities opened for me. Later some had to be closed, because I needed to move on. Maybe I am good at finding new opportunities and maybe I just have the nerve to knock on a door when I feel like I want to see what’s behind it. Curiosity is very important.
QX: When and how has this exciting way led to QX?
David: Carolin, who used to work for QX, told me that I should talk to Thomas about my TV project. And so we met for a drink in Munich a couple of days later. I like the simplicity and straightforwardness of QX and the fact that I always know that when they can help, they will.
QX: Where does your creative energy come from and what do you do when you just want to be you?
David: I honestly don’t know where the creative energy comes from, but I try not to be too serious just because I’m getting older or better educated. I guess I saved up a lot of childishness and that is highly related to creativity. I think, I am quite often just me, but when I try to feel better, I go for a swim. The rejuvenating power of 20 laps is something special.
QX: And of course I would like to know: What is your Vanity?
David: I’m a hedonist and with less focus on good food and good wine, I would drive a bigger car... ;-)