Hot in Here Productions

Hot in Here Productions creates documentary-driven content for branded and original projects. Founded by Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning producer Alexandra Nikolchev and photo editor and visual producer Zara Katz, Hot in Here Productions turns concepts and facts into compelling stories.

With a diverse background in journalism and photography, all projects reflect the importance of substantial reporting, striking visuals, powerful characters, and documentary filmmaking. Large and small organizations reliant on video as today’s most powerful medium turn to Hot in Here Productions for unique content.

Hot in Here Productions has built an expansive international network of industry professionals supporting projects produced from concept to finish. A collaborative approach and focus on clear communication with clients yield innovative and inspiring results.


Zara Katz

is co-founder of Hot in Here Productions. Working in a dynamic range of visual production, Zara is a multimedia producer for editorial, documentary and branded content. She directs, produces, shoots and develops projects from photo essays to short films. Collaboration is key to her work, from supporting photo and video journalists in the field, to working directly with reporters and organization to shoot, produce and deliver original content. Her personal work examines the impact of mass incarceration in America through producing and curating visual content on the web and exhibitions. Zara is the photo and video editor at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and a contributing photo features editor at Narratively.  She has worked at The New York Times Lens blog, Time magazine, Newsweek, and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she received her Master’s degree.

Alexandra Nikolchev
Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer

is co-founder of Hot in Here Productions. A Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning filmmaker, Alexandra brings top level professionalism, creativity, leadership and problem-solving to each project. An expert in verite filmmaking, Alexandra knows how to transform topics and ideas into emotionally-charged and complex character-driven stories. Her work has appeared in a range of journalism outlets. She's held key creative roles on independent documentaries and branded campaigns. She has experience creating videos with a dual purpose of drawing a wide audience and impacting stakeholders at major events.  Alexandra works both as an independent freelancer and manages projects from start to end with Hot in Here Productions. She values collaboration and feels lucky to have worked with many great people in her industry.

What We Provide

Story Construction

Pre-Production & Research

Script Development

Casting & Pre-Interview

Source & Manage Industry Talent


Direct & Field Production


Editing Services

Special Effects & Graphics

Location & Set Management

Media Management

Equipment Management

Licensing & Permissions

Budget Management