CEO and founder – WIENER KLAPPE & babelfish
Axl Newrkla who was born into a „commercial family“ , his grandfather directed the first Austrian commercials in the 1950ies, and his father co owened Austrians biggest agency, beeing president of the European Art Directors Club ADC*E for many years.
Started his own career in 1983 as a production assistent. Between 1987-1989 he accidentally studied architects, which was not very successful, so he continued in film and run through all steps in featurefilmproduction including, Line Producer, Location Manager, Safety Consultant and finally production manager and assistent to the producer on local and international productions like Three Musketeers and Before Sunrise.After the birth of his 3rd (out of 4) doughter Axl founded Wiener Klappe in 1999.
Since then he produced over 300 local and international commercials, music videos and shortfilms. 2015 he teamed up with internaional DOP Thomas Kuerzl and founded Austrias first Serviceproduction – babelfish and produced allready more then 30 internationalcommercials with it´s first 2 years.
Axl is restless coming up with new ideas and projects including documentaries, feature films, theater .. etc.
He represents the Austrian Commercialfilmproducers within the Austrian Producers Association (AAFP) since 2009.