Final Jury

Steve Nicholls

Steve is a multi-award winning freelance producer and director of nearly 30 years’ experience. He holds a PhD in Entomology from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. 

He spent 10 years producing films at the BBC NHU, followed by three years at Partridge Films. Following that he set up Burning Gold Productions with Victoria Coules and together they ran this independent production company for more than ten years.

He has also worked at Parthenon Entertainment, BSkyB and Warehouse 51 Productions, as a Senior Executive Producer. He is now co-owner of Hooded Crow Pictures.

Carla Braun-Elwert

Carla grew up in a mountaineering family in New Zealand. She has an Honours degree in Biochemistry and a Masters in Natural History Filmmaking from Otago University.

In 2010 her student film was nominated for Best Newcomer at Wildscreen, and in 2012 she was awarded the Panda award for editing The Green Universe for Nautilusfilm in Germany.  Since then, she has been a production co-ordinator and data wrangler on New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands for Atara Film / BBC / NDR.

This year she's completed her first feature-length adventure documentary, Symphony on Skis.



Katharina Pechel

Katharina began her TV career in Germany, at NDR 25 years ago, and has been running television production companies in South Africa since 1997.

Katharina was fortunate to move to South Africa at the perfect time to be making documentaries, when the country was undergoing a renaissance under the new presidency of Nelson Mandela. She produced a wide range of documentaries, educational films and magazine items for South African and international broadcasters.

In 2010 she co-founded Table Mountain Films. Across her career she has produced films for NDR TV & ZDF Germany, ARTE TV, PBS New York, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channels, Terra Mater, ORF Universum, MNET, City of Cape Town, and City Profiles South Africa 2010 for FIFA Worldcup.

Jörn Röver


Jörn Röver received his university degree in Biology in 1993 with a research in zoology and ecology. In 1994 he graduated from the German School of Journalism (DJS) and worked as a reporter for Newspapers. From 1995 to 2000 he worked for the Public Broadcaster ZDF and later as executive producer for the prime-time wildlife series NATURZEIT

 In 2001 he became Head of NDR Naturfilm at Studio Hamburg, where since he is being producing Hundreds of shows for Public Broadcaster ARD and NDR such as Wild Russia together with Animal Planet and National Geographic. The NDR Naturfilm documentaries have won over 200 awards at national and international film festivals.  

In 2010 Jörn Röver was appointed as managing director at Doclights GmbH at Studio Hamburg. While still continuing to produce the regular wildlife strands for NDR and ARD, he additionally produced the feature-length cinema documentaries Serengeti, Russia, Green Wonder, North Sea and Bear Families.

In 2014 he launched a print magazine called Tierwelt live and developed a Smart TV App with the same name in 2015. In early 2017 Tierwelt Live will be available as regular internet App for all computers and mobile devices.


Dick Colthurst

Chair of the Jury

Dick Colthurst joined Tigress in 2004 from the BBC where he was an Executive Producer.

His interest has always been the Outdoors having been a founding producer of CountryFile and pioneering numerous survival shows with Ray Mears, Chris Ryan and Ed Stafford plus three series following ordinary climbers on Everest.

He has a particular enthusiasm for innovative and technically ambitious natural history programmes like Panda winner Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast for Channel 4 & Animal Planet alongside ratings hits like Grierson nominated Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild. 

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