Holger Riedel knew at the age of 16 that he wanted to become a TV journalist. He finished his studies in art, sociology, and history with an MA, and went on to study photography at the University in Kassel. He gained film know-how and journalistic skills at the "Akademie für Publizistik", as well as through an apprenticeship at "Cinecentrum". In 1996 he founded the TV production company "Compass Film".
Holger Riedel has been the author and cameraman for approximately 120 reports, documentations, documentaries and commercial films as well as a lecturer at the SAE. On an honorary basis he has also been involved in media work with migrant youth.