Terra Mater Factual Studios
Ivo is Terra Mater Factual Studios’ space cowboy: He is hooked on stars and black holes and, to him, the sky is no limit. As Executive Producer, his focus is the production of high quality documentaries in the fields of natural history, science and history for the international market. He acts as an Executive Producer as well as writing and directing his own ideas. Ivo also works with the Terra Mater-branded TV strand on ServusTV, the German language free TV channel from the Red Bull Media House.
Before joining Terra Mater Factual Studios, Ivo worked as an editor, writer and director for the science department of the ORF, Austria’s public service broadcaster, for almost two decades. He produced many stories for several science TV magazines and was involved in the development of new programs. He joined the ORF Natural History Unit as an Executive Producer, before leaving to share the TMFS team’s vision.
From manufacturing screws, nuts, bolts and bicycle parts in rural German Sauerland to working in a cabaret and variety theater, Michael finally found a path to his real vocation in the glorious world of film.
During his Berlin-years, he was co-founder, shareholder and General Manager of three German production companies. Michael benefits from 23 years of experience, filming in more than 18 countries around the world, producing and line producing numerous German & international feature films/TV productions.
In 2012, he entered the world of Terra Mater Factual Studios and inhabited that world for 4 years, where he helped in producing the feature films ‘Brothers of the Wind’, ‘MindGamers’ and ‘The Ivory Game’.
For whatever reason, he thought it was better to return to Berlin. Whilst there, he serviced the feature film ‘Suspiria’ and worked on other projects. In the early dawn of 2018, he realized that his heart only beats for TMFS and Michael was allowed back, despite being known for a very dubious sense of German humor.
In 2016, Michael was selected to participate in the well renowned, international industry program, Inside Pictures, where he is now a very happy alumni. Michael is also member of the European Film Academy and the Austrian Film Academy.
There are few situations which could make Andrea lose her calm. As Executive Producer, Andrea focuses on the development and production of premium natural history, science and history programs for the national and international market. In her role as deputy to Sabine Holzer she acts as a producer, director, writer and Executive Producer. She is also responsible for the acquisition of natural history and science programs for the Terra Mater TV strand on ServusTV, the German-language free TV channel from the Red Bull Media House.
Andrea is a graduate of the Vienna University Faculty of Earth Sciences and supervised as a scientific researcher projects in sediment petrology and archaeometry. Before joining Terra Mater Factual Studios she worked as producer and Executive Producer for the science department of ORF, the Austrian public service broadcaster, for almost two decades and has been a member of the editorial staff of ORF UNIVERSUM.
When the going gets tough, Sabine is in her element. As Head of Specialist Factual at Terra Mater Factual Studios she oversees the television documentary output of the company. Sabine works with co-production partners all over the world, focussing on the production of premium nature, science and history programs for the national and international market. In addition to her international activities, she acts regularly as an Executive Producer for Terra Mater productions and also runs the Terra Mater TV strand on ServusTV, the German-language free TV channel of the Red Bull Media House which broadcasts world’s very best nature, science and history programs. She is also responsible for pre-buys and acquisitions for this TV slot.
Before joining Terra Mater Factual Studios, Sabine worked for two decades for the science department of ORF, Austria’s public service broadcaster. Together with Walter Köhler she led the development of UNIVERSUM from being a domestic TV success to a global brand. At ORF UNIVERSUM she was responsible for acquisitions and scheduling of natural history and science programs, as a producer she directed her own films, as Executive Producer she supervised a great number of the ORF Natural History Unit’s documentary output.
As Producer at Terra Mater Factual Studios, Petra works in the Specialist Factual Department. Organising and conducting shoots around the globe, covering the most diverse topics of TMFS productions, are some of the tasks a Producer can never grow tired of. Furthermore, the TMFS website and production cycle of various printed marketing goods – amongst them the sparkling, annual Buyer’s Book – are in Petra’s hands.
Volunteer work at film festivals in Austria and Sweden, internships at Austria’s public service broadcaster ORF (Sales Department and Natural History Unit UNIVERSUM), and two finished diploma studies with distinction have led Petra to join TMFS in early 2012. And a love for languages (particularly Scandinavian), music, juggling clubs and travelling the world provide never-ending leisure time entertainment.
A lovable animal needs soft fur, four paws and two big eyes? Not so for Susanne: She’s the Executive Producer with a soft spot for creepy-crawly creatures – may they have at least six to eight legs and the same number of eyes! Susanne’s passion for wildlife of any size combined with her experience and expertise in natural history productions characterise her work. At Terra Mater Factual Studios, she’s strengthening the Specialist Factual team – and her cycling skills within and around the urban jungle of Vienna.
Susanne graduated her studies of biology in Berlin with a diploma thesis about electron-microscopical research of unicellular organisms. Returning to the world of multicellular animals she added a university degree in science journalism. Based in Munich she wrote for renowned German newspapers and science magazines. Germany’s public broadcaster NDR attracted her to Hamburg, where Susanne worked in the team of Doclights / NDR Naturfilm on primetime wildlife productions.
Predators, large or small: there’s no escaping Susanne. As Executive Producer in Vienna she supervises productions like the Romy Award winning series ‘The Lions Rule’, discovers the hidden gems in a world of ‘Dragons & Damsels’ and works closely with the director on the in-house production ‘Cute little Killers – The Predators with Pouches’ about Australia’s tiniest marsupials – with a bite.
Martin is the creative magician of the TMFS Specialist Factual Department, using his sharp mind to conjure up brilliant writing. As Executive Producer he works on a variety of TMFS productions and future projects at any one time, with emphasis on new technologies. As writer/director he produced the TMFS 3D-feature “You, Planet – An Exploration in 3D” which broke new ground in stereoscopic imaging and the use of stereo-microscopy.
Prior to joining Terra Mater Factual Studios, Martin had 20 years of production experience in a broad range of non-fiction TV, both as a writer/producer for independent companies and as an Executive Producer at the Natural History Unit of ORF, Austria’s state broadcaster.
Markus works as an Executive Producer at Terra Mater Factual Studios where he focuses on the development of new television formats.
Before joining TMFS, Markus worked as a chief editor and presenter of the television science program “Newton”, at the Austrian Public Broadcaster ORF. Prior to that, Markus worked as live reporter and editor for several editorial offices such as the daily news program at the ORF among others. Markus started his career as a journalist as a radio editor and news presenter in Salzburg.
He has a university degree (University Graz (A) / Williams College (USA)) and a deep interest and fascination in all things science. Markus considers his live attendance at the 2008 CERN LHC particle collider activation as one of his all time favorite and moving experiences. When Markus is not being moved by particle physics and not working on the development of new television formats, he passes his time with his family, exercises for the Großglockner mountain run, produces digital works of scientific art and ponders on possibilities on how he could sometime squash the Dive Master qualification in between.
Monika works as a producer in Terra Mater Factual Studios’ Factual Entertainment & Formats Development Department. She focuses on the development and creation of new, innovative formats for television. Earlier as a freelancer, she already produced several documentaries for global Red Bull TV and ServusTV on behalf of TMFS.
Even prior to that, Monika worked in various areas: she produced kids programmes for Disney Channel, numerous entertainment shows for German broadcasters like Pro7, ZDF and Sat1 and more TV shows and documentaries for all major Austrian broadcasters such as ATV, ORF, ServusTV and Puls4.
Monika holds a master’s degree in Journalism (University of Vienna). And she is a very sporty one: if you are looking for a passionate kite instructor, fearless mountain-biker or tough ski-mountaineer, call her. If she is not busy filming, you have a good chance to meet her up- and downhill all around the world.
Fast and focused – Eva is TMFS’ analytical backbone.
As Head of Marketing & Communications she is in charge of managing and directing TMFS’ internal and external communications and oversees all marketing activities.
Before her maternity leave she built up and managed TMFS’ department of Factual Entertainment & Format Development, where she and her team developed and produced new, innovative programmes for the national and international market.
As Head of Factual Entertainment & Format Development, Nina is responsible for the selection and creation of new, innovative programme ideas for the national and international market. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience in television production, from inception through completion.
For more than a decade, she has been responsible for various programmes, ranging from infotainment and documentary series to factual entertainment and entertainment shows – most of the time simultaneously. Nina has a keen sense of what the audience wants and what is technically and financially feasible.
Before joining Terra Mater Factual Studios, she successfully created, developed, produced and executive produced programmes for Austria’s public service broadcaster as well as for private television broadcasters.
Nina is highly focused and a strong and dedicated team player with a solid work ethic and the ability to multi-task and prioritise accordingly.