Producer Simone Baumann was born in 1963 and raised in Zschopau, Germany. She studied philosophy in Rostov upon the Don in the 1980s, worked in Moscow in the early 1990s and as a lecturer at Berlin’s prestigious Humboldt University before she began a career in documentary with Leipzig-based broadcaster MDR. Since 1997, she has been the managing director of the independent production company LE VISION, where she also oversees the activities of the company’s Russia office, which she initiated 10 years ago. Since 2011 she has worked as a Executive producer for Saxonia Entertainment in Leipzig. For Saxonia Entertainment she is overseeing all documentary projects. She is the representative of German Service und Marketing GmbH for Eastern Europe.