Austria’s ORF inks copro deals with Earth Touch

Austrian broadcaster ORF has inked copro deals for the wildlife films Black Mamba - Kiss of Death and Monster Frog (pictured) from producer-distributor Earth Touch.
February 17, 2015

Austrian broadcaster ORF has inked copro deals for the wildlife films Black Mamba – Kiss of Death and Monster Frog (pictured) from producer-distributor Earth Touch.

The 50-minute film Black Mamba – Kiss of Death follows snake expert Simon Keyes as he sets out to reveal the myths surrounding the snake, as well as its unique behaviors. Dramatic reconstructions will also be used to recreate the most well-known incidents of human and mamba conflicts, and high-speed cameras will capture the activities of the snake.

Elsewhere, Monster Frog examines both modern and historic amphibians from around the world, and details the hazards of chemical water pollution, which leads to deformities within their ecosystems.

“Earth Touch productions guarantee top-quality visuals, pacing, energetic storytelling and in-depth zoological expertise,” said Andrew Solomon, head of ORF’s ‘Universum’ strand, in a statement. “Black Mamba and Monster Frog will combine amazement, suspense, a touch of humor and the occasional shiver: a great combination for our ‘Universum’ audience at home, and for our regional broadcaster clients.”

Chris Fletcher, director of sales and programming at Earth Touch, added: “Earth Touch continues to set the bar for world-class wildlife filmmaking, and exposing not only majesty of the natural world, but its darker, weirder side as well. We’re pleased to see these two films reaching new audiences through our coproduction with ORF Austria.”

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