ORF inks deals for Conchita Wurst, ‘Universum’ docs

Austria's ORF-Enterprise has sold several wildlife and documentary titles, including the concert film Conchita: Unstoppable (pictured), to networks across Europe and Brazil.
December 4, 2014

ORF-Enterprise, the commercial arm of Austrian pubcaster ORF, has sold several wildlife and documentary titles to networks in Europe and Brazil.

The deals were secured during the 39th German Screenings market for German-language programming, which took place in Hamburg from November 30 to December 3.

France 5 acquired several natural history and wildlife docs produced for the channel’s ‘ORF Universum’ strand, including Nock: Mountains at Heaven’s Door.

Swiss broadcaster SRF picked up six hours of the strand’s programming, as well as more than 10 hours of documentaries including Forest of Fantasies. The channel also a pre-bought into the doc Pilgrimage Between Faith and Money, about the backgrounds and motivations of pilgrims who journey to the Islamic holy city of Mecca.

Meanwhile, Romania’s RCS-RDS also acquired a selection of natural history and wildlife docs in addition to 200 hours of factual titles; and Slovenia’s RTV picked up current affairs titles The Caliphate’s Children, Lampedusa: No Island and Voices of Transition, about the shift to biological and alternative agriculture.

Croatia’s HRT picked up a slate of culinary programs as well as the concert doc Conchita: Unstoppable (pictured above), starring 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst, and 150 Years of Splendor: Vienna’s Ringstrasse.

Finally, Brazil’s Globosat has acquired the docs The Stone Age Puzzle and Gustav Klimt, as well as the classical music concert Selva Morale e Spirituale: Vienna Bach Consort at St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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