The DFCF is run by three soap opera fans, INGO A. KÜPPERS, THOMAS J. PUCHER and SASCHA KURZ. The board of directors is in charge of planning all the club's projects.
After the founders and former directors of the club had resigned in 1992, the set-up of the organization was completely changed. It was necessary to invest a large amount of money to start over; as the former directors had not acquired many collectibles about the show, the new team had to make great efforts to purchase tons of memorabilia, including black & white stills, color photographs, slides, video tapes, press kits and newspaper clippings from all over the world. The new directors eventually managed to extend the club's photo archives to more than two thousand pictures.
The three directors and their duties in detail:
INGO A. KÜPPERS has been interested in "Falcon Crest" since the mid-1980's. After he had become a fan club member, he started working as a freelance writer for the club's newsletters. Since he joined the board of directors, he has been in charge of updating the actors' real life biographies. He is the promotions coordinator and handles the fan club's public relations, including fan mail. Besides, he is the treasurer of the club. He co-developed the scripts for a fictional sequel to the "Falcon Crest" series between 1996 and 1998.
THOMAS J. PUCHER has also been a true fan of the series since the mid-1980's. He joined the fan club in 1990 and immediately began working as a freelancer in the field of research. In 1992, he became one of the club's directors. As a member of the board, he oversees correspondence with national and international business partners. He is the executive editor and webmaster of the fan club's homepage. He is also the author of the DFCF episode synopses. Due to his cooperation with American collectors, press representatives and even some members of the "Falcon Crest" cast and crew, he was the first one to publish spectacular background information about the show that hardly anyone had heard of before. He is currently working on a complete show analysis with the main focus on script inconsistencies and mistakes in the production process. Between 1996 and 1998, he co-developed a fictional sequel to the "Falcon Crest" series and wrote the teleplays for season 10; he also co-developed additional fan fiction.
SASCHA KURZ, who has been freelancing for the club since 1996, joined the board in February 2000 and is the club's art director. With an architectural background, he has drawn floor plans of the show's interior sets and also supervises the club's research on filming locations, for which he provided access to his own photo archives. He also handles the acquisition of national and international press releases about the series and is instrumental in the show analysis as far as inconsistencies and production mistakes are concerned. In addition, he served as the story editor and co-author of the club's fan fiction.
A bunch of editors and freelancers also contribute to the club's success. A detailed list of the staff and freelancers is available on the Resources - Credits page.
List of former staff members and freelancers:
- GORDON SCHMITZ, a member of the board between 1992 and 1993, also served as the previous art director.
- ANDRÉ TAUCHNITZ, a member of the board between 1993 and 2000, specialized in analysis and interpretation of the series.
- DR. ELFRIEDE SIEDER served as a story consultant for the fictional sequel and also provided international press releases.
- SASCHA EICKELMANN has been a reliable source for additional biographies of cast and crew members as well as international press reports.
- MARIANNE FREY, a freelancer who retired in 1996, helped establish the member base during the club's early years.
- MAXCINE THOMAS collected international press releases about "Falcon Crest" between 1997 and 1999.
- OLIVER MÜLLER was a supplier for international press reports.
Quality television demands quality publications. The fan club's contribution to modern aspects in mass media is also looking behind the scenes of the series, analyzing the show's messages and drawing parallels between the soap opera and real life.
To keep up its quality standards, the DFCF staff makes great efforts and spends very much money to get in touch with organizations in the United States and other countries.
The DFCF plays an intense rôle particularly in the DVD release of the series. Since the season 2 box releases in Europe, the DFCF board members have been serving as creative consultants for WARNER HOME VIDEO and SOUL MEDIA; they co-designed the artwork for the packages and wrote the summary on the back sleeve as well as the episode synopses on the inlay card. This successful cooperation has been intensified with the WARNER BROS. headquarters to improve the region 1 DVD release of season 1.