Terra Mater shines “Light on Earth” abroad

The Red Bull-owned, blue-chip outfit has sold more than 100 hours of premium history, science and natural history content to a raft of international broadcasters, including David Attenborough's Light on Earth (pictured), following MIPTV.
April 8, 2016

Red Bull-owned, blue-chip outfit Terra Mater Factual Studios has sold more than 100 hours of premium history, science and natural history content to a raft of international broadcasters following this past week’s MIPTV market in Cannes.

David Attenborough’s Light on Earth (pictured; 1 x 53 minutes), which follows the renowned naturalist and a team of scientists as they explore the world of bioluminescence produced by glow worms, fireflies and luminous plankton, has been licensed to Discovery India, CITV China, and Thairath TV in Thailand as well as unnamed broadcasters in Poland and Russia. The blue-chip natural history film was produced in partnership with the BBC, UKTV, ABC Australia, factual SVOD service Curiosity Stream and SVT Sweden.

The special was exec produced by Ivo Filatsch and Sabine Holzer for Terra Mater Factual Studios. Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine and Paul Reddish of Ammonite Films served as directors on the film.

Meanwhile, Italian pubcaster RAI picked up blue-chip series Nile: The Ultimate River (3 x 50 minutes), detailing the world’s longest river and most important tributary. Additionally, Terra Mater struck a package deal of more than 14 hours to ZDF Neo in Germany, 10 hours to unnamed broadcasters in Portugal, eight hours to France, and deals are soon to come for broadcasters in Iran worth 60 hours of content.

Founded in 2011, the Vienna-based prodco is behind such factual programming as Amur: Asia’s Amazon, The Alps: Wild Mountains, Extreme Lives, Back to Paradise: Wildlife Havens in Africa, Bird Brain, Dust and Stripes and The Power of the Velvet Paw.

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