There’s nothing better than showing our planet
in ways it’s never been seen before…
Jörn Röver finished his biology studies in 1993 with a diploma in the main subjects of zoology and ecology in Munich. In 1994 he graduated from the German School of Journalism (DJS), wrote articles for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and worked as a reporter for the Stuttgarter Zeitung. From 1995 to 1997 he worked for ZDF as author and editor on the animal magazine show Tele Zoo, and further contributed to the health magazine Praxis, Aktion Mensch, and the daily news. During this time Jörn Röver was presented an award by Hans Hass at the nature film festival Biovision for the documentary “Grube Messel”.
From 1997 Jörn Röver was editor at ZDF for the prime-time animal series NATURZEIT, and took over the supervision and German adaptations of over 100 documentaries. In 2001 he became the director of NDR Naturfilm at Studio Hamburg, where he produced more than 30 broadcasts of Expeditionen ins Tierreich and Erlebnis Erde every year. The animal documentary films have since won over 200 awards at national and international film festivals, among them the so-called ‘animal film Oscars’ at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, UK (2008, 2010 and 2012), and Jackson Hole, USA (2009 and 2011).
In 2010 Jörn Röver became director of Studio Hamburg DocLights GmbH. Under his management the successful cinema documentaries “Serengeti”, “Russland – Im Reich der Tiger, Bären und Vulkane“, and “Das grüne Wunder – Unser Wald” were recently made.
After a Masters degree in American studies and comparative literature, Michaela Hummel graduated from the German School of Journalism in Munich and worked as a print editor for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, amongst others. In 1995 she switched to being a reporter in the news team of Fox/Channel 2 in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2002 she was a reporter and author for Focus TV magazine and the science magazine Future, author and deputy chief editor of the documentary series “History”.
With her production “3 Tage im August – Aufstand der Träumer“, she won the Bavarian Television Prize for documentaries in 1999. From 2002 to 2006 she was chief editor of ProSieben Reportage. Since July 2006 Michaela Hummel has worked for Studio Hamburg Produktion Gruppe: first as a producer, then taking over the leadership of the non-fiction Entertainment division in July 2007.
Since May 2010 Michaela Hummel has been the director of Doclights.