Thomas Conrad Brezina (born 30 January 1963 in Vienna) is an Austrian children 's and teen book author and television presenter. He is known primarily for his book series The Knickerbocker Gang, A case for you and the Tiger Team and the series Tom Turbo and the accompanying TV series.
During his school days Brezina operated as a writer and in 1978 received the " Grand Austrian Youth Prize " for his screenplays for dolls television series "Tim, Tom and Dominik ". Subsequently, he started as a puppeteer at Arminio Rothstein, better known as Clown Habakkuk, and played there including the magician Tintifax.
Brezina wrote bedtime stories and radio plays, and finally began as an assistant director for programs such as On the dam, a children's program of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF ). Subsequently Brezina was a regular contributor to the ORF as an editor, director and eventually presenter for children's and youth programs.
In 1990, the breakthrough came as a writer of children 's books with the book series The Knickerbocker Gang. Three years later, with Tom Turbo a detective series about the coolest bike in the world, from an interactive detective broadcast on ORF is created .. Since 2008 he is responsible for " okidoki ", the children's program of the ORF.
His work gave Brezina numerous awards, including the "Golden Medal of Merit of the Republic of Austria " and the most important Austrian TV Award " Romy " for the knowledge shipment Explorer Express.
Brezina lives in Vienna and London. Privately, the author engaged in charitable for disadvantaged children and in 1996 was the official ambassador of UNICEF Austria. For his 50th birthday, he took a child sponsorship as part of " Light of the World " and is involved as a testimonial for the people help Austria.
Overall Brezina wrote more than 550 books, some of which were translated into more than 35 languages. More than 40 million books sold make him one of the most successful German-language children's and youth book authors.
Through his work on a wide variety of scenarios Brezina got the offer to write books. In 1990, the breakthrough came as children and youth book author with the book series The Knickerbocker Gang. The crime series was 1995/1996 as a template for a musical, a play, a movie and a television series. Three years later he created Tom Turbo, the " coolest bike in the world", whose book series and interactive television format running for 20 years now.
There were other book series such as Seven Paws for Penny, No guys! Admission for witches! or a case for you and the Tiger team. With the Tiger Team Thomas Brezina also celebrated internationally and in particular in China and successes there even Harry Potter overtake sales in terms. Thomas Brezina also writes series that specifically apply only to boys or only girls.
The books of Brezina basis for cinema and TV films ( The Knickerbocker Gang: The speaking grave, Tom Turbo - From 0 to 111), plays, musicals (eg Ritter Rups and the pirate potato salad ), radio plays and interactive video games. In addition, he was involved in the design of textbooks, worked as a writer and presenter at a number of schools through videos about famous composers and wrote an interactive series of art books for children ( Museum of Adventure). Last A MINI- case for you and the Tiger Team, the series appeared ( an adaptation of the Tiger teams for younger readers ) and Liz Kiss ( a girl series about a ninja superhero ).
Brezina was involved in the development of over 40 television formats, partly as a writer, producer or presenter. Primarily, the programs found in the ORF program, but are also broadcast on TV Educasi, Al Jaazera Children, Arte, DaVinci Learning, Nick, Sat.1 and SuperRTL. For years, he wrote the screenplays for traffic education mission Helmi and created the character of the dog Socrates. As moderator Brezina was among others in the television formats on the dam to see The Mystery castle, dragon treasure and researchers Express. Among his most famous broadcasts in Austria which he designed children's detective series is one of the hot track / Tom Turbo / Turbo Detective Tom Club, which regularly runs in the children's program of the ORF since 1993.
Since 2008, Brezina is responsible for okidoki, the children's program of the ORF. As part of okidoki moderated and moderated Thomas Brezina example trick factory, 7 wonders and Exactly how it works.
Away from books, film and television Brezina has aligned series of events for children, such as the Vienna - Detective, a free book campaign of Vienna.
Together with Gerhard Krammer Brezina has four musicals Rups, the little knight, for the Family Festival Forchtenstein Fantastic written on Forchtenstein, which were performed a total of seven years.
The tourism region of Serfaus -Fiss -Ladis offers an adventure trail for children, designed by Brezina. The " Mountains of Adventure " includes three walking routes where children can solve puzzles with a special equipment.
For the Vienna Stephansdom Brezina has an audio guide for children created that presents the history of the cathedral age appropriate.
Works and book series
- Bronti Giant Dinosaurs
- Tom Turbo
- A case for you and the Tiger Team
- A super case for you and the Tiger Team
- Secret Dog Bello Bond
- Knickerbocker Gang
- Knickerbocker Gang Junior
- Hot Dogs - Strong Guys - Top Secret!
- Seven Paws for Penny
- Polo Pacific
- No boys
- Michael Magone and the real courage
- Museum of Adventure
- Mark Mega and phantom
- Treasure Seekers triplets
- All my monsters
- Help! I'm a Celebrity
- Columbus and you
- Katie Cat
- Your great adventure
- Dragon Heart
- Madness! I'm a Star!
- Trick factory
- Abu - The little elephant who wanted to be a polar bear
- Commander Europe
- Your dog case with the Tiger Team
- Amy Angel
- Pia Princess
- Leonie Lion
- Haunting in school
- Wild insanity Angel
- How safe are Flocki Flott
- Creepy Monster Stories
- No guys! - Two very best enemies. Read by Christian Schmidt, Nina Reith Meier, Stephanie Charlotta Koetz, Audio Publishing (DAV), Berlin, 2009, ISBN 978-3-89813-910-6 ( reading, 1 CD, 79 min.)
- No guys! - Spice for Mam. Read by Christian Schmidt, Nina Reith Meier, Stephanie Charlotta Koetz, Audio Publishing (DAV), Berlin, 2010, ISBN 978-3-89813-982-3 ( reading, 1 CD, 79 min.)
- No guys! - The Itch love spells. Read by Christian Schmidt, Nina Reith Meier, Stephanie Charlotta Koetz, Audio Publishing (DAV), Berlin, 2009, ISBN 978-3-89813-912-0 ( reading, 1 CD, 79 min.)
- No guys! - How to turn your brothers into frogs. Read by Christian Schmidt, Nina Reith Meier, Stephanie Charlotta Koetz, Audio Publishing (DAV), Berlin, 2009, ISBN 978-3-89813-911-3 ( reading, 1 CD, 79 min.)
- No guys! - Jinx teacher? No problem! Read by Christian Schmidt, Nina Reith Meier, Stephanie Charlotta Koetz, Audio Publishing (DAV), Berlin, 2010, ISBN 978-3-89813-981-6 ( reading, 1 CD, 79 min.)