Terra Mater Factual Studios Unveils New Production Highlights


Terra Mater Factual Studios has a number of nature titles leading off its MIPTV slate, along with a brand-new 4K science highlight presented by Sir David Attenborough.

In Badlands, viewers can journey through South Dakota’s harsh environment. Tribe Versus Pride is presented by renowned natural-history filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and tells a story of hope where age-old traditions are transformed to help the survival of Africa’s most iconic hunter: the lion. The Lions Rule follows the fates of three lion prides as they are entwined in a tale of power, betrayal and coming of age.

Following on the success of last year’s bioluminescent science hit Light on Earth, this fall will see Terra Mater release Ant Mountain Presented by David Attenborough. The 4K doc heads to the Swiss mountains to explore the world of wood ants. Further science highlights include Danger from Below: Europe’s Superquakes, All About the Moon and Supersapiens, which explores artificial intelligence and consciousness-hacking.

In the field of feature docs, Terra Mater’s The Ivory Game has been a resounding success, garnering several awards.

Sabine Holzer, the company’s head of TV, commented: “A huge amount of channels air natural-history and science programs on very prominent slots or even dedicate their whole output to these genres. We are delighted that there is an unbroken demand for our high-quality content on the international market and that our films captivate with their compelling stories and stunning visuals.”

Holzer added: “By making use of new technologies, working with unusual perspectives and finding new angles of storytelling, we’re providing cutting-edge docs for the market that convince.”

Walter Köhler, the CEO of Terra Mater, said: “We were proud to make it to the shortlist of the Oscars with The Ivory Game, but even prouder when China announced a ban on the ivory trade which will start at the end of 2017. This might save the elephant, and we know that our film helped to make this big conservation success possible.”