Red Bull Media House-owned Terra Mater Factual Studios is opening a feature film division called Real Fear Films.
Led by former Icon Entertainment head of sales Anthony Buckner, the company will produce five films over the next three years. Three titles are in development, with the first set to begin production in October.
Buckner will oversee the slate, which will include a mix of coproductions and fully-financed projects, alongside Terra Mater executive producer of cinema, Joanne Reay.
“Real Fear Films will push the boundaries of filmmaking, in terms of both content and style,” the pair said in a statement. “We will maintain a focus on stories inspired by real events, with a promise to captivate, inform and empower audiences around the globe.”
Launched in 2011, Terra Mater is based in Vienna, Austria and focuses on wildlife, science and natural history programming. It is headed up by CEO Walter Koehler, formerly the head of ORF-Universum.
“We are committed to investing in intelligent filmmaking, producing action movies for the mind, with distinctive stories that will doubtlessly provoke debate and divide opinion,” Koehler said in a statement.
“We believe audiences have an appetite for material that inspires thought, conversation and action and we will be working with filmmakers who possess a vision that speaks freely to these sensibilities,” he added.