Austrian pubcaster ORF has inked a coproduction deal with Iranian state broadcaster IRIB to produce a natural history film about the country’s wildlife.
Wild Iran: The Desert Phantom will focus the elusive Persian cheetah, the Persian gazelle, the Persian leopard and Persian wild ass, as well as golden eagles, brown bears and flamingoes.
Changiz Hasani, the general director of Iran’s IRIB, and Richard Grasl, ORF’s CFO, and Heinrich Mayer-Moroni from Vienna’s Interspot Film signed a memorandum of understanding for the coproduction at ORF’s stand at MIPCOM in Cannes (pictured above) on Wednesday (October 15).
The project, which has the full support of IRIB and Iranian conservation authorities, will debut in 2017. ORF-Enterprise will handle distribution.