The international distributor had a very productive Miptv Digital, landing sales with multiple broadcasters in Europe, Asia and other international territories.

Otherwise always an established component of ORF-Enterprise’s appearance at MIPTV, the acclaimed “ORF Universum Dinner”, where the latest wildlife and nature films are presented and buyers can talk directly to the filmmakers, was quickly transformed into an interactive digital event.

In this setting, the current highlights from ORF Universum’s portfolio, such as Water of Life – Wilderness, Whisky, Highlands and Russia’s Revenant – The Return of the Siberian Tiger, were presented.

Furthermore, first glimpses of the films currently in production, Colombia – Wild and Free and Life on the Wing – Miracle of Bird Migration, also generated a high level of interest.

The Content Sales International team at ORF-Enterprise, headed by Armin Luttenberger, draws a positive conclusion. Quality content from Austria’s ORF remains in demand internationally, especially the Universum animal and nature films are a pillar of the company’s sales record:

“The fact that we can continue to offer high-quality wildlife and nature films after a challenging year is due to the tireless team effort of filmmakers and co-production partners. MIPTV was the kickoff for the 2021 nature film season, where audiences from all over the world can look forward to spectacular audiovisual journeys into the wild,” reports Luttenberger.

New Deals and Sales

The first two seasons of Fast Forward will be shown on AXN España. The crime series, that will soon comprise of 7 seasons and 4 feature-length episodes, has been a ratings hit in numerous countries since 2017.

Moreover, two more seasons of the export hit Soko Kitzbuehel will soon go to France, after Canal+ (France), RTS (Switzerland), SRF (Switzerland) and LRT (Lithuania) already opted for the hit series last year. Sky (Germany) is also already backing on 4 seasons of the crime success from Austria for its “sky krimi” channel.

RAI (Italy), TrueVisions (Thailand) and Ceska Televize (Czech Republic) opted for the ORF production Bears of the Karawank Mountains. This new title from ORF’s nature & wildlife line up had previously also been acquired by KBS (Korea).

WDR (Germany) and TrueVisions (Thailand) picked Big Bend – America’s Wildest Frontier from award-winning nature filmmaker John Murray, following broadcasters like YLE (Finland), Ceska Televize (Czech Republic), RCS & RDS (Romania) and KBS (Korea), which had chosen the blue-chip documentary for their nature & wildlife slates.