Florian Leitner studied Dramaturgie at Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and at Université Paris 8. He worked as assistant director and dramatic adviser on various theater and performance projects at Prinzregententheater München / Metropoltheater, Châteaudun Créateurs Paris and others. After graduating in 2004 with a thesis on body and space in video games he was a permanent screenwriter for Grundy UFA TV Produktion, Cologne. In 2007 he became a fellow at the doctoral school “Bild – Körper – Medium. Eine anthropologische Perspektive” at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. His dissertation “Media Horror – Media Anxiety in Films”, supervised by Gertrud Koch, was submitted and defended in 2013 at Freie Universität Berlin (summa cum laude). Leitner has been an editor of “kunsttexte.de – E-Journal on Visual and Art History”. He worked as assistant professor at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where he was responsible for the film studies section within the master program “Aisthesis – Historische Kunst- und Literaturdiskurse” of the Elitenetzwerk Bayern. Since 2015 he has been working at the Media Studies department of Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, where he is director of the Medientheater and head of the Media Dramaturgy section.