Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Marc Heinkelein, born in 1972, studied law at the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich from 1993 to 1997. He completed his first state law exam in 1998 and then did his vocational training as a lawyer in Munich from 1998 to 2000.

After successfully completing his second state law exam in 2000 (bar exam), he was admitted to the bar in 2001.

Between 2001 and 2002, under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerhard Schricker he wrote a dissertation on the topic “Copyright Protection for Creators of Television Shows and Television Show Formats” that was funded by a scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich and was later published by the Nomos publishing house as a comprehensive practical manual for the film and television industry.

From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Heinkelein worked as a lawyer at a large law firm in Munich and in a medium-sized law firm, focusing on the area of sports, entertainment and media law.

In addition to the publication of further works, during this period, he gave presentations on the issue of “format protection” at the international film and television festivals in Cannes (MIPCOM and MIP-TV), Monte Carlo (Monte Carlo Television Festival), Lucerne (Rose d’Or Festival for Entertainment Television Programming) and Marseille.

Together with the English entertainment lawyer Jonathan Coad, Dr. Heinkelein was a founding member of the “International Format Lawyers Association” (IFLA), an international network in the entertainment sector of globally leading lawyers, at the beginning of 2005.

From 2005 till 2017, Dr. Heinkelein was running his own law firm Heinkelein | Voigt Attorneys-at-Law, specialized particularly in sports, entertainment and media law including the marketing of sports rights as well as management of athletes and artists.

Since 2017 the management business is solely operated through Dr. Heinkelein’s own management company StageField Management & Productions GmbH.

Sports Career

Marc Heinkelein Gymnastics

12 years of competitive sport gymnastics at the Bavarian Centre of Excellence in Munich.

  • German cup winner in men’s gymnastics
  • Participation in the German federal gymnastics league of the teams for FC Bayern Munich.

Entertainment Experience

Moderation Marc Heinkelein

Hosting

Numerous engagements as a host at sport and show galas, company shows, dance shows, fashion shows, etc. including major events such as:

  • The variety television format “Sports meets Art” since 2006
  • Several sports and show galas, among others, a 4-hour sports gala (2000 spectators) of the Bavarian Gymnastics Association with various world champions from the gymnastics sector and a 2-hour sports and show gala (6000 spectators) of the Bavarian Gymnastics Association with a successful rerun of the “bar bet” which initially failed during the TV show “Wanna Bet…?”
  • Several aerobic show galas at Oberhaching Sports School.

Producer

Since 2006, producer of various entertainment formats, among others:

  • The variety television show format “Sport meets Art”
  • The live event format “KKE – Das kulinarische Konzerterlebnis” (“The Culinary Concert Experience”).

Munich Entertainment Productions GmbH

2006-2016, founder and CEO of the production company specializing in the development of entertainment formats.

Dance Vision

1995-2000, founder, CEO, dancer and choreographer with various show and TV performances.

Dancer and Choreographer

Numerous engagements and television appearances with jazz, rap, tap-dance, breakdance, funk, hip-hop, video clip dancing and original Michael Jackson choreographies, among others:

  • Several engagements as choreographer and dancer in the Munich Olympic Hall, including a “starpower event” alongside artists such as ‘N Sync, Boyzone, Peter Andre, Mr. President and many more
  • Three-week engagement in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun”
  • Member of the German Television Show Team at the 1st federal basketball league
  • Engagements as a dancer in television and film productions, among others, in the film “The Dream Number”
  • Choreographer, dancer and model at various fashion shows and appearances at various cooperate events, including SwissCom and Debis.

Actor

Several engagements in television productions, including:

  • “Watch Out” (ZDF)
  • “Dr. Stefan Frank” (RTL)
  • TV ad “Independence Day – Watch”
  • “Hidden Camera” (ZDF). Victims: Katja Eppstein, Christian Neureuther, Andreas Brehme, Klaus Hafenstein.

Publications

Copyright Protection for Creators of Television Shows and Television Show Formats

Dr. Marc Heinkelein

Copyright Protection for Creators of Television Shows and Television Show Formats

Practical manual, 451 pages
Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Baden-Baden 2004
ISBN 3-8329-0560-X

The Protection of Television Formats in German Copyright Law – Regarding the Decision by the Federal Court of Justice: “Broadcasting Format”

Dr. Marc Heinkelein | Christoph Fey

The Protection of Television Formats in German Copyright Law – Regarding the Decision by the Federal Court of Justice: “Broadcasting Format”

Essay, GRUR Int. 05/2004, p. 378 et seq.

To Be on the Safe Side: Legal Protection of Formats

Dr. Marc Heinkelein | Christoph Fey

To Be on the Safe Side: Legal Protection of Formats

Essay, Discovery Campus Masterschool Yearbook 2004/2005

Presentations

Copyright Protection for Creators of Television Shows and Television Show Formats

Dr. Marc Heinkelein

Copyright Protection for Creators of Television Shows and Television Show Formats

Presentation at the MIP-TV
Cannes, 2004

So is it Time to Stop Stealing the Show?

Dr. Marc Heinkelein

So is it Time to Stop Stealing the Show?

Presentation at the Rose d’Or Festival
Lucerne, 2004

To Be on the Safe Side – How to Protect Your Format?

Dr. Marc Heinkelein | Christoph Fey

To Be on the Safe Side – How to Protect Your Format?

Presentation at the Discovery Campus´ Symposia
Marseille, 2004

Format Protection – Legal Situation and Protection Possibilities in Germany

Dr. Marc Heinkelein | Christoph Fey

Format Protection – Legal Situation and Protection Possibilities in Germany

Presentation at the House of Documentaries
Stuttgart, 2004

The Launch of the International Format Lawyers Association

Dr. Marc Heinkelein | Jonathan Coad

The Launch of the International Format Lawyers Association

Presentation at the Rose d’Or Festival
Lucerne, 2005