Digital video editor, BBC News, North America
Franz heads up the corporation’s digital video unit in North America – managing 10 video journalists who produce original, long-form features and quick, turn-around analysis for multiple platforms. Under his watch, video traffic in the US more than doubled and was part of the fastest growing digital news site in the US.
He helped create and executive produces the company’s first weekly news programme exclusively for Facebook Watch, which averages more views than any other weekly news show and is closing in on 150 million views over 90+ episodes.
In his ten years at the BBC, he covered breaking news events from Sandy Hook to Ferguson to Orlando; big media events like the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics and has traveled to 48 states, mostly as one-man-band to produce, shoot and edit feature videos for BBC News television and online.
One of his more recent videos about immigration crackdowns in Washington State got more than 600,000 shares and comments on the BBC’s Facebook page – making it one of the most talked about videos of the year.
His work has earned him first places at the White House News Photographers Association, an Emmy nomination and a Peabody Award as part of a team effort.
The future of news consumption and media literacy are topics he deeply cares about.