Founders



Jaka Bizilj
Jaka Bizilj grew up in Slovenia, Tansania, Malaysia and Germany and started working as journalist, creating articles for print, radio and TV. Since 1995, he has been working as promoter and producer. With his production company “Star Entertainment” he organized concerts with artists such as Udo Jürgens, Andrea Bocelli and Montserrat Caballé, and toured – inter alia – with José Carreras. Since the late 1990s Jaka Bizilj is widely known as a producer of huge live entertainment events worldwide and was regarded at times as the largest provider of open-air-opera in Europe. His companies held more than 700 concerts and show productions per year, including the own open air musical productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita”, Elton John’s “Aida” and “Jekyll & Hyde”, to name but a few. Jaka Bizilj also founded several high-quality cultural festivals in Germany and Austria. Since 2007, he is also involved in the production of films, with “Suddenly Gina” and the documentary “Letter to Anna” belonging to his range of work in this area.

Following the tragedy of 9/11, Jaka Bizilj launched the global initiative “Cinema for Peace” in 2001. This initiative with its main gala event, staged every February in Berlin, serves as a platform for effectively communicating humanitarian, political and social issues through the medium of film. Previous chairs, keynote speakers an award winners of this event, which today ranks among the most influential of the international film business, include Leonardo DiCaprio, Mikhail Gorbachev, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Gere, Tim Robbins, Antonio Banderas, Sharon Stone, Catherine Deneuve and Hilary Swank. During the last three years, two exemplary film awards were brought to life; the “International Human Rights Film Award” in 2007 in cooperation with Amnesty International and Antonio Banderas and the “International Green Film Award” in 2007 with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mikhail Gorbachev. On the evening of the gala in 2009 Jaka Bizilj co-chaired the "Cinema for Peace" committee dinner together with German Minister Sigmar Gabriel, focussing on the issue of climate protection.
“Cinema for Peace” is also a major fundraiser with more than 3 million Euro which have been allocated to various humanitarian organizations over the years. “Cinema for Peace” also seeks to further the distribution of valuable movies and in this context regularly organizes special film screenings to various audiences. Current screening ventures will be arranged in South Africa during the FIFA World Cup and on the occasion of the ICC Review Conference of the Rome Statute in Kampala, Uganda.

 

Gerhard Janetzky
Gerhard Janetzky, was born in Werder, a city southwest of Berlin. After graduating from highschool he first became local junior champion in Latin-American dances and then trained to become a dance instructor. In 1970 he enrolled at the Free University of Berlin, where he studied History and English Philology. Alongside his studies he worked as the manager of the Berlin restaurant "Eierschale". After graduating he began his career as sales clerk for laundry detergent at "Procter & Gable" and quickly became the head manager of the branch in Geneva, Switzerland. A decade later he transferred from Geneva to London to work for the Bertelsmann Group, where he was in charge for its music branch, precisely the record label Ariola. His next professional stages were CEO of properties of mail-order giant Otto in New York and Director of the Heine-Group in Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe. In 1997 Mohammed al Fayed hired Janetzky as CEO for Harrods in London. Three years later he started his self-employment as consultant and shareholder with companies based in Bavaria and Berlin. One of his long-time clients during that period was entrepreneur Dr. Hubert Burda, publisher and executive partner of Hubert Burda Media. In 2002, Janetzky took over the name of the oldest German athletics festivals with all rights together with another Berlin entrepreneur and became CEO and host of the International Stadium Festival (ISTAF) in Berlin. With the ISTAF he created one of the best international stadium festivals counting up on 50,000 spectators per event visiting the historic Olympic Stadium to watch the world's best athletes competing.