Terra Mater Factual Studios

Traude Botha

Production Manager

Traude will take on any challenge – under any conditions and in any country, but preferably in sunny ones! As Production Manager, she is responsible for the financial and logistical aspects of our projects from the first draft to the final delivery. Traude oversees and organizes national and international productions.

While studying Journalism & Mass Communication, Traude was already working on various television projects until she discovered her love for wildlife television. In 2008, she went to South Africa to join the Wildlife Film Academy. After that, she started as a production manager for Aquavision TV Productions and worked on films such as Safari Live, Predator Battleground, Leopard Queen, Catching Giants and Animal Mega Moves for National Geographic, Inside Nature’s Giants for Windfall Films and on a 3D wildlife film series for 3net/Discovery Channel. In November 2011, Traude left South Africa to join the production team of Terra Mater Factual Studios in Vienna.


Lore Frey - Junior Producer

Lore Frey

Production Coordinator

Lore is the Wise Lady of Terra Mater Factual Studios, the most experienced Production Coordinator ever. She joined TMFS in June 2011 and, as Production Coordinator, works closely with TMFS’ Legal and the legal department of Red Bull Media House. Lore coordinates full commission and co-production agreements with German-language producers.
Lore has 15 years experience working as Unit Manager for the Natural History Unit of ORF, Austria’s public service broadcaster.

Antonius Goge

Commercial Assistant

As one of our Commercial Assistents, Antonius is responsible for a variety of financial matters at Terra Mater Factual Studios. Together with his colleagues in the Accounting Department he takes care of all incoming invoices, business trips and payment transactions.

Before joining TMFS, Antonius gained experience in the Accounting department of a large machine manufacterer. In his leisure time, Tony enjoys meeting his friends and plays/watches football.

Judith Hamberger

Production Manager

At Terra Mater Factual Studios Judith is a bundle of energy. As Production Manager she deploys her dynamic approach and skills to organise shoots, while also addressing accounting and team building matters.

Judith gained her first experience in the TV industry when she started working as a Stage Manager for the Austrian Broadcast Corporation in 1999. As her bookings increased in frequency she decided to sacrifice her studies of applied psychology in favour of a full-time position as a Production Assistant in the Entertainment Department. In 2007 Judith switched to the ORF’s Education & Contemporary History Department, where she worked as Production Coordinator. She was in charge of the production of the weekly science magazine program and planned and organised documentaries of the contemporary history unit from shoot to postproduction. Additionally she worked closely with the UNIVERSUM editorial staff – a collaboration that she prolonged by joining Terra Mater Factual Studios in January 2011.

Tina Kierlinger

Production Coordinator

Tina supports the production team of Terra Mater Factual Studios as production coordinator and is responsible for all aspects of Post Production.

She looks back on 8 years of experience as a stage manager and production assistant for the entertainment department of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). After completing her studies in journalism in 2009, however, she moved to the print sector – to coordinate, text and proofread magazines such as a Vienna city magazine, a beauty & fashion magazine or corporate publishing magazines as managing editor. But once television, always television – and so we’re delighted to have Tina at TMFS.

Satesh Mathura

Production Controller

Satesh works as a Production Controller in the Features & Special Projects Department. He is officially a veteran with 25 years hands on film and television production, financing and distribution knowledge and practical experience.

Having worked on well over 100 film productions, such as “Wild at Heart”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “The Piano”, “What Women Want”, “The Edge of Love”, “Easy Virtue” and also working with industry stalwarts such as Pedro Almodovar, Mike Leigh, Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Emir Kusturica and Mel Gibson. His wealth of experience learnt from the likes of PolyGram Filmed EntertainmentCiBy Sales, MGM/United Artists and Icon Entertainment International will certainly complement those already at Terra Mater.

As the British Guy in the team of TMFS, he still needs to be taught that drinking coffee is the Viennese way – as opposed to drinking too many cups of tea.

Aldo Metzelaar

Head of Production

Aldo is the production and finance wizard of TMFS. As Head of Production at TMFS, he is responsible for  finance and production of TMFS programs, working closely together with the editorial staff and (inter)national partners.

He was born in the Netherlands and has 30 years of experience in international television, having worked for various Dutch broadcasters and both Dutch and Austrian film production companies. He has worked on major live events and pre-recorded productions as Production Manager and Line Producer, has a wide range of international experience and multilingual skills.

Toni Nemeth

Production Manager

Toni is one of our Production Managers at Terra Mater Factual Studios, working closely with both the Specialist Factual and the Factual Entertainment & Format Development departments. Combining experience and intuition, Toni always makes sure that content, organisational and financial matters during our productions are streamlined.

His love for facing new challenges never stops, even after 25 years in television. Over the course of his career, he has produced more than 12,000 broadcasting minutes shot all around the globe, making him one of the most experienced production managers in the field of premium nature and science documentaries in Austria. A passionate mountain biker, Toni’s used to never giving up – because forward is the only way to go.

Eva Pellet (on maternity leave)

Production Coordinator

While on maternity leave, please get in touch with Tina Kierlinger.

Eva is a real all-round talent. She supports the Production Team as Production Coordinator initiating film shootings and handling all aspects of Post Production.
Prior to that, Eva worked on a variety of feature films with responsibilities in festival management, reporting, film premieres and educational screenings. TMFS benefits from Eva’s many areas of expertise in film distribution & marketing as well as project & event management. Eva holds an M.A. degree in Theatre, Film and Media and is pleased to combine her interests with this placement at TMFS.

Julia Schedl

Commercial Assistent

Julia, one of our Commercial Assistants in the Accounting department, is responsible for a variety of financial matters at Terra Mater Factual Studios. Thanks to her, we are able to process at high speed a great number of invoices with all the details in place. And should we miss some information, never worry: Julia won’t let it pass unnoticed and will be in touch with you.

Previous employment at a Viennese architecture firm as well as in the Accounting and Controlling department of a family-held hotel chain have seen Julia putting her skills and know-how into practice. As she rather takes to working with numbers, Julia finds herself in the very lucky position to consider her job in Accounting to be an opportunity to pursue one of her favourite occupations.
While not surrounded by bills and numbers, Julia prefers the outdoors – cycling and Nordic walking cover a great part of her leisure time.

Wolfgang Stach - Production Accountant

Wolfgang Stach

Production Account Manager

As far as money or numbers are concerned – you are well to ask Wolfgang about it. As Production Account Manager, Wolfgang takes care about all kind of financial matters as accounting, payment transactions, bills, currencies and any other way to handle or transfer money between TMFS and their partners.

Before joining the TMFS production team, Wolfgang worked in the banking sector as financial advisor. Besides interpretation of stock developments, credit approvements and money transfers he gained experience in billing and cost accounting – for which he is now responsible for at TMFS. In his leisure time Wolfgang likes gardening or supports students to improve their maths or accounting skills. During his holidays you can find Wolfgang visiting cities all around the world.

Sven Westphal

Director Co-Productions & Portfolio Management

Sven loves the international side of business. Working closely with the Head of Specialist Factual he manages the co-productions between TMFS and the growing number of co-producing partners. In his role, Sven often is the binding link between all parties and departments, striving for the completion of a programme. His persistence and diplomatic sense, combined with his wit and charm, have many times helped to solve challenging situations.

Though his colleagues at TMFS try really hard to familiarise him with the Viennese way of life, Sven does not get tired defending his home town Cologne being a worthy-to-live metropolis – though being located in Germany.

Before joining TMFS in July 2013, Sven worked at Red Bull Media House’ Commercial Distribution Team as Sales Manager. Prior to this, he held positions as Sales Manager and Sales Executive at Autentic and BBC Worldwide. At ZDF Enterprises Sven managed intl. co-productions.
During his 2 years in London, he gained valuabale knowledge working for e.g. Discovery Networks and a film funding company.
Having completed his Master at filmschool, a scholarship enabled Sven to work for Universal International Television and Universal Pictures in L.A.