Born in 1963. She has worked in documentary production for nearly 20 years and leads the documentary department of Saxonia Entertainment GmbH. From 1997-2010, Simone was managing director of the independent production company Le Vision. She is an experienced co-producer, and one of Europe's leading experts on Russia, the former Eastern bloc, and their audiovisual markets. In addition to her production work, Simone has been serving as the German Films Eastern Europe representative since 2005. She also supervised numerous feature film productions in the former Soviet Union as an executive producer and consultant. Simone Baumann is also a founding member of the Russian-German Film Academy and has been a board member of the German Documentary Producer's association since 2003.