Christoph Silber

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Christoph Silber
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Christoph Silber (often referred to as Chris Silber) is a British-German film producer, screenwriter and director based in Los Angeles. Rated among "Europe's hottest new screenwriters" by Screen International, he frequently collaborates on projects in the United States.

Early life[edit]

Silber was born to a Jewish family.[1] He studied English and French history and literature in London and Berlin. His mother is a philosopher and award-winning literary translator, his foster father is a well-known Shakespeare scholar and dramaturge. Writing runs in Silber's family. Apart from his parents, several relatives and ancestors of his were journalists or published authors.


Silber worked as an actor, translator and journalist prior to his professional writing career. Taking advantage of his bilingual upbringing, he translated film-related books and screenplays for German book publishers, including Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The book became a bestseller and led to Silber's first assignment as a playwright. In 1995 the acclaimed Vienna Burgtheater asked him to adapt Puccini's Tosca for a stage production. This led to further theater work and connections in the film industry.

Silber's screenwriting career began in European television in the mid 90's. A genre traveller, Silber worked as a head writer of sitcoms as well as crime series. Silber has collaborated on numerous films, including the award-winning Goodbye Lenin, North Face[2] , My Last Day Without You and Arranged. He also established himself on the family entertainment market with his feature film scripts for the highly successful Enid Blyton-based Hanni & Nanni franchise. Several of his contributions to German television have broken ratings records.

Based in Los Angeles since 2012, Silber has been honored by the Vilcek Foundation as "an immigrant filmmaker...whose creative spirit enlivens and inspires American cinema."[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000 Silber married Joleita Reed, whom he had met during a business trip to New York in the previous year. The story of their chance encounter inspired his film My Last Day Without You. Reed passed away from cancer in 2013.[4] Silber's desire to encourage others experiencing similar journeys inspired his film and book project A Cloud In The Attic.



  • 2015: I'm Off Then (writer)
  • 2015: The Trapp Family - A Life Of Music (writer)
  • 2015: Azure (short; director, producer)
  • 2013: Banklady (writer)
  • 2013: Hanni & Nanni 3 (writer)
  • 2012: Hanni & Nanni 2 (writer)
  • 2011: My Last Day Without You (writer, producer)
  • 2010: Devil's Kickers (writer)
  • 2010: The Albanian (writer)
  • 2010: Young Goethe In Love (script consultant)
  • 2008: Die Tränen meiner Mutter (writer)
  • 2008: North Face (writer)
  • 2007: Arranged (script consultant)
  • 2007: Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution (script consultant)
  • 2006: Ice Wind (short; writer, director, actor)
  • 2004: The Ring Thing (writer, producer)
  • 2003: Good Bye, Lenin! (collaborator on screenplay)
  • 2001: Julietta (writer)
  • 2001: Brooklyn Bridge (short; writer)


  • 2017: Balaton Residence (miniseries, co-creator & writer)
  • 2016: Rivals Forever (miniseries, co-creator & writer)
  • 2015: The New Girl (writer)
  • 2014: Dresden Homicide (crime series; creator & head writer)
  • 2012: A Day for a Miracle (writer)
  • 2011: Girl On The Ocean Floor (writer)
  • 2010: Love Is Just A Word (writer)
  • 2006-today: Tatort (crime series; writer & head writer)
  • 2006-2010: Der Kriminalist (crime series; writer & head writer)
  • 2004: My Best Years (series; head writer)
  • 2000: Trivial Pursuit (writer)

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ "A first night for My Last Day Without You". Vilcek Foundation. Christoph grew up in a bilingual family in Germany, but, he says, “what [my family history] did to me was create a feeling of not being able to live in one place,” he says. “And maybe it’s a Jewish thing too, but America was the answer to that, because that sort of cultural homelessness works best here, especially in New York, where everyone’s from somewhere else, and a new world is sort of a blank page
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (2010-01-29). "New York Times North Face Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  3. ^ "Fate Or Just Love". Retrieved 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Beyond Black & White My Last Day Without You Creator loses wife".

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