Television director and producer Sergi Schaaff dies at 85

The Barcelona director Sergi Schaaff, creator and director of television programs, including 'Know and win,' has passed away this Tuesday at the age of 85 in Barcelona.

Graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he began his teaching career, he was also vice-dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences between 1980 and 1981, and taught at Pompeu Fabra University from 1992 to 2009, where he promoted Audiovisual Communication studies.

Sergi Schaff, was linked to RTVE throughout his professional career since he joined it in the 1960s, although he also directed programs for TV3 - Television of Catalonia.

He was awarded a Waves Award for the direction of 'Salomé', the Talent Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Miramar d'Honor award from RTVE and the Creu de Sant Jordi.

En 1975, dentro del programa 'Lletres catalanes', dirigió 'Silvia Ocampo', la primera obra de teatro en catalán subtitulada en castellano para toda España.

Between 1977 and 1980 he was commissioned for the Catalan TVE circuit of the program 'Terra d'Escudella', the first children's television program in Catalan, which had the participation of 'Els Comediants'.

His most recognized works took place in the 1980s and 1990s, when he was in charge of the contest 'If I know I don't come' (1985-1989), with Jordi Hurtado and Virginia Mataix as presenters; 'The time is gold' (1987-1992), presented by Constantino Romero; and in 1988 he took over the production for all of Spain of '3x4'which had been broadcast on the Catalan TVE circuit for two years, and which made Julia Otero known, with whom in 1989 she did the interview program 'To the moon'.

He was currently running the contest. 'To know and to win', which in 2022 celebrated 25 uninterrupted years on the air, with Jordi Hurtado as presenter.