Tita von Hardenberg

Katharina Habsburg-Lothringen-Kyburg née Katharina Isabel Gräfin von Hardenberg (born 21 April 1968), known professionally by her stage name Tita von Hardenberg is a German television journalist, presenter and producer.

Tita von Hardenberg
Tita von Hardenberg in 2004
Katharina Isabel Gräfin von Hardenberg

(1968-04-21) April 21, 1968
Other namesKatharina Habsburg-Lothringen-Kyburg
OccupationJournalist and television personality
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen-Kyburg (1999–present)


Born a daughter of the banker Andreas Graf (count) von Hardenberg and the event manager Isa Gräfin von Hardenberg née Baroness von Hahn, she hails from ancient German nobility. The von Hardenberg family resides at Nörten-Hardenberg since 1287. She grew up in Lüneburg and Isernhagen near Hanover; passing her Abitur 1987 at the Rudolf-Steiner-Schule in Berlin. After that, she studied history and political science in Munich. Later, she obtained a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Tita von Hardenberg lives in Berlin and is married to Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen-Kyburg, Archduke of Austria, since 1999.[1] They have three children.


Her first contact was in 1991 during a traineeship at the regional station FAB in Berlin. She went on to become an editor for the daily programme Fenster aus Berlin. Between 1992 and 1994, she worked at the ORB's magazine TIP TV, serving as its chief editor between 1995 and 1997.

In 1997, von Hardenberg, together with Stefan Mathieu and Michael Khano, founded the company Kobalt Productions Film und Fernseh GmbH.[2] Her company produced the magazine format Polylux for the RBB. Apart from performing as the host for Polylux which was broadcast on Das Erste since 2001, she also made her own reports.

Between 2001 and 2003, she wrote a weekly column called Schöner leben ("Better Living) for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

Von Hardenberg's company also developed the political magazine Absolut (1997–2009) and the music magazine Tracks. The European magazine Yourope is also being produced by her company since 2010. In 2011, she developed the weekly culture programme zdf.kulturpalast hosted by Nina Sonnenberg and Pegah Ferydoni on ZDFkultur. Since 2012, Kobalt Productions has produced several installments of the culture show Metropolis on ARTE.

In 2011/2012, von Hardenberg produced the documentary series Kulturkrieger ("Culture Warriors").[3][4] with Katrin Sandmann on ZDFkultur and 3sat. Also in 2012, she produced two new live music shows, Introducing for RBB/ARTE and Berlin Live on ZDFkultur.

On 20 October 2012, von Hardenberg hosted the festive concert for the 100th anniversary of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which led to controversial reactions.[5][6][7]


  • 2007: Grimme Online Award for the online video portal Polylog.tv (discontinued)
  • 2015: Bronze World Medal in the category History & Society at New York Festivals - World's Best TV & Films for "The Age of the Supermodels" [8]


  1. "Da Vinci Learning". Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. "Kobalt Productions GmbH". Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. Barbara Möller. "Kulturkrieger". Die Welt (online) (in German). Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  4. Simon Broll. "Doku-Reihe "Kulturkrieger": Die Guerilla fürs Gute". Der Spiegel(online) (in German). Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  5. Volker Blech (20 October 2012). "100 Jahre. Die Deutsche Oper feiert – Tita von Hardenberg floppt". Berliner Morgenpost (online). Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  6. "Die Deutsche Oper. Das Bollwerk im Westen". Die Welt Online. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  7. Peter Uehling (22 October 2012). "100 Jahre Oper Berlin. Kitschbilder der Andachtsindustrie". Frankfurter Rundschau Online. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  8. "Bronze World Medal bei New York Festivals" (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-05-05.
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