Solomon to head up ORF’s natural history and science unit

The former Docstar EP and director of Studio Hamburg Documentaries moves to the Austrian pubcaster's Universum division, filling the vacancy left by former head Walter Koehler.
February 24, 2011

Veteran producer, film editor and researcher Andrew Solomon has been named as the new head of Universum, the natural history and science unit of Austrian pubcaster ORF.

Solomon’s past experience has taken him to France, Germany and the UK. He’s previously served as executive producer for Docstar, Canal+’s international documentary investment arm. In Germany, he was director of Studio Hamburg Documentaries, a division of German pubcaster NDR, and later acted as a consultant for ZDF Enterprises. In the UK, he’d worked with prodco Brook Lapping on such projects as The Washington Version and Fatwa.

Solomon joins the Universum team following the departure of former head Walter Koehler, who headed to Terra Mater Factual Studios, a division of Red Bull Media House. Koehler left for the new post with his 13 member team, and Solomon will be tasked with finding new producers.

“I look forward to the opportunity to further Universum’s exceptional reputation within Austria and internationally as a commissioner, producer and coproducer of the highest quality nature and science documentaries,” said Solomon in a statement. “With my new team we will continue to broaden our appeal abroad and surprise and entertain our audience in Austria.”

Universum has coproduced blue chip wildlife, nature and science docs with partners such as the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery, Smithsonian, NDR Naturfilm, WDR and Canal+ among others.

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