Dennis Schanz was born and raised in Berlin. He studied Film Studies and American Studies in Berlin, Zurich, Mainz and Kansas. In 2013 he graduated with a Magister Artium from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. During his studies he founded StickUp Filmproduktion with Luis Singer. In 2015/2016 he graduated from the international showrunner program "Serial Eyes" at dffb and developed the series SKYLINES, realized by StickUp with Komplizen Film for Netflix with Dennis Schanz as showrunner and head writer. Dennis received the Grimme Award in 2020 for his series SKYLINES as showrunner and a Grimme Award for "Best Series".
StickUp Filmproduktion, founded in 2010 by Dennis Schanz and Luis Singer, produces films and series, that surprise the audience and take them on a journey into the unknown. StickUp was awarded the First Steps NO FEAR Producer‘s Award in 2016, is a member of the Producers‘ Association and currently a fellow of the VFF Business Angel Program. Our series SKYLINES with Dennis Schanz as head writer and showrunner premiered on Netflix worldwide in fall 2019 and was awarded five Grimme Prizes 2020, among others in the category „Best Series“.