Commissioning Editor, MDR Germany / Germany

Dr. Katja Wildermuth is Head of Documentaries in the editorial office “History and Society” at MDR Television in Leipzig, Germany. She is responsible for historical documentaries, docu-dramas, contemporary feature length documentaries for MDR, ARD and arte - and for international co-productions.
Before heading “History and Society” Katja Wildermuth worked for several other editorial offices, commissioning documentaries as well as news magazines. Beside that she worked herself an author and director for several TV formats. In the early nineties she was engaged for several years as a scientific researcher and lecturer at the University of Munich and graduated 1994 with a Ph.D. in History.
Recent documentaries Dr. Katja Wildermuth commissioned are e.g. Durakovo. Village of Fools (dir. Nino Kirtadze; Sundance Festival Winner World Cinema Directing Award 2008), Alone in four Walls (dir. Alexandra Westmeier; Locarno Winner Semaine de la Critique 2008; Max Ophüls Festival Winner Best Documentary 2008; New Berlin Film Award 2008), Do Communists Have Better Sex? (dir. André Meier; Prix Circom 2007), Letter to Anna – The Story of journalist Politkovskaya’s death (dir. Eric Bergkraut; Vaclav-Havel-Award 2008); The House on August Street (dir. Ayelet Bargur; silver price Haifa Festival 2008); Cutting the Cord (dir. Daniel Syrkin; Plovdiv Silver Chest Award 2006).