Managing Joyrider’s commercial development and administration is Emőke Krigler-Tóth.
An MA in International Relations and an MSc in Technology and Management Innovation, Emőke started her career at Panasonic, where she was in charge of service tasks in the Balkan states.
Following this, she took a step up to Mercedes Benz Hungária. In her ten years with the company, she was involved in calculating and planning sales volumes and prices, supporting the sales network, organizing events and advertising. She worked on a variety of demanding projects including launching new products and introducing a new warranty system for commercial vehicles, and she gained extensive experience in sales and marketing strategies. After a brief stint in an executive position at a recruitment agency, Emőke agreed to take charge of finance, sales and marketing at Joyrider.
Emőke’s passion, attention to detail and great respect for her clients, along with her experience in competitive international business environments and her deep commitment to providing high-caliber professional services make her an ideal member of our team.
Joyrider’s creative mastermind and senior storyteller is Gábor Krigler.
Gábor started his career in writing for TV two decades ago with the Australian-German Grundy-UFA, launching its first daily drama series for Hungary’s RTL Klub. During his years on Barátok közt, the show’s ratings skyrocketed and it soon became the broadcaster’s flagship production.
After three years as a storyliner, Gábor was promoted to lead writer and he supervised the story team for fifty episodes before going it alone in order to write the first ever Hungarian manual on screenwriting and teach the subject at such institutions as the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts, the Budapest Media Institute and the Central European University. He then went on to found Fade In Script Consulting, which specialized in providing advisory services for TV projects and feature films. During these years, he attended a number of international screenwriting and filmmaking workshops, including the Torino Film Lab, ScriptEast, the Mediterranean Film Institute and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.
In January 2011, Gábor was hired by HBO Europe as a creative executive in the Budapest office of their Local Original Programming department. For the following eight years, he produced a season of TV drama annually and developed at least another two dozen projects encompassing a variety of genres and styles. Each of his shows – three seasons of In Treatment, two seasons of When Shall We Kiss and three seasons of Golden Life – received both critical acclaim and sensational ratings in Hungary, with Golden Life achieving recognition throughout Europe and even premiering in the USA on HBO. In 2016, Gábor helped to set up original programming for HBO’s Adria region. Ever enthusiastic to extend his skills and knowledge, in this period he participated in projects such as the European TV Drama Lab (2014) and the Showrunner Exchange in Los Angeles (2017). He was also invited to speak at international events.
Since 2017 Gábor has been Head of Studies at the prestigious Midpoint TV Launch, an international idea-to-marketplace training programme for TV drama. He also continues to lecture and provide consultancy for, among others, the Serial Eyes programme of the DFFB and the Brussels Series Lab.
Eszter is a Budapest-based author, screenwriter, story editor, and TV drama writing tutor who works with Hungarian and international talents alike.
She spent seven years as Editor-in-Chief at Libri, one of Hungary’s largest publishing houses, before joining HBO Hungary as Development Editor in 2015. In the same year, her first novel, Wonderland, was released. Until 2018, she worked on the development of a dozen original series in a wide range of genres, from comedy through sci-fi to teen drama.
A tutor at the Torino SeriesLab, Italy, and the USA’s Stowe Story Lab, Eszter has proven herself as a sensitive and attentive script consultant and storyteller in the international arena.