Mette Hoffmann Meyer, head of docs and copros at Danish pubcaster DR TV, has announced that she will be stepping down. Her last official day on the job will be Oct. 1.
Hoffmann Meyer has headed up docs and copros at DR TV since 2007 after joining the pubcaster from Tv2, and was responsible for purchasing and developing both Danish and international documentaries for DR TV channels, primarily DR 2. Some of the projects she backed as executive producer during her tenure at DR TV include Democrats, India’s Daughter, Dairy from the Middle and My Childhood in Hell. In 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Hot Docs Doc Mogul Award (which has included notable recipients like Nick Fraser, Rudy Buttignol and Diane Weyermann) for her contribution to the documentary genre.
“I’ve now worked with documentaries for 28 years as a commissioner, an executive producer and head of documentaries, and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been fantastic, but I thought if I should try something else maybe it’s now. It wasn’t easy but I thought it was the right thing to do,” said Hoffman Meyer in an interview with realscreen.
Christoffer Guldbrandsen, channel controller at DR2 added, “Mette’s strong vision, tenacity and creative spirit has been invaluable to DR TV. Her ability to spot talent, find the stories and help projects evolve into remarkable films, will have a defining influence on DR TVs documentary profile for years to come.”
There were many memorable moments at DR TV, said Hoffmann Meyer, including many important films her role at the pubcaster allowed her to make. The Democrats, which took home the top documentary prize at the 2015 Tribeca, was one such film. It featured the drafting of a new constitution in Zimbabwe.
“It was probably the best-executed film I’ve been involved in,” she said.
Hoffmann Meyer is leaving DR TV to focus on writing her own book and spending more time on The Why Foundation (formerly known as Steps International), the Copenhagen-based non-profit group she co-founded, which seeks to provide the world with though-provoking journalism and entertaining human interest stories. The group has overseen projects including 2012′s “Why Poverty?” doc series and 2007′s “Why Democracy?” doc series, on which Hoffmann Meyer serves as executive producer.
“The things that really occupy my mind these days are the inequality of access to information and free speech and critical journalism,” she said. “I think we make a lot of fantastic films in the world, but I think most of them are seen in Northern Europe and North America, and we are not helping much in making sure that films are made (and) also seen in the countries where either people cannot read or write, or there’s censorship. Some of things I’d like to be more involved in and see if I can change them,” she said.
Hoffmann Meyer will stay on with DR in a consulting capacity on projects that have already been commissioned in order to see them completed.