Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH
Wambachergasse 2
1130 Vienna

T +43 1 870030 / F +43 1 87003 27609 / E office@terramater.at

Founded January 1st, 2011, Terra Mater Factual Studios is the new home of the internationally acclaimed former production team of UNIVERSUM, ORF’s Natural History Unit, and is based in Vienna.

The company is a subsidiary company of Red Bull and specialises in factual production and distribution for cinema, TV and multimedia platforms.

Walter Köhler CEO comments, “We will invest a lot of our energy in strengthening the output in our core genres – wildlife, science and history, but will move on to create top-end productions for the big screen and develop new and innovative factual formats for every media platform. Together with our worldwide partners we want to make Terra Mater Factual Studios a brand which is recognised throughout the world for its unmatched quality: for visual excellence and storytelling of the highest level.”

Terra Mater Factual Studios’ (TMFS) commitment to the highest production values results in premium factual programming for TV and theatrical release. Our core genres are wildlife and nature, science and history presented in blue-chip primetime series and specials. We also bring together a wide array of genres and styles to create exciting new factual and entertainment formats. And in our large cinematic projects the borders between fiction and fact become seamless and sometimes dissolve at all resulting in a different take on feature film production. TMFS collaborates with the best producers, cameramen and directors worldwide and uses the latest cutting-edge equipment to realise its cinematic dreams.

There are three key ingredients which make TMFS productions a unique viewing experience:

  • Visual Excellence: Images are more powerful than words in conveying powerful emotions and surprising insights. Fascinating camera shots and unconventional editing set us apart.
  • Innovative Technology: TMFS embraces state-of-the art recording technologies, from super-slow motion to super-time-lapse, to reveal nano-second events and processes so slow their evolution is invisible to the naked eye. Images generated by electron microscopes and computer animation give insight into the microcosm. Special cameras turn night into day. Endoscopes and medical scanners provide an inside view of living organisms. And HDTV is enhanced by a new dimension – 4K at its best.
  • Amazing Storytelling: TMFS uses the dramatic narration dynamics of the feature film to represent reality while upholding the principles of factuality. TERRA MATER presents people who understand our world and tells us stories written by real life.

Management Team

Dinah Czezik-Müller

Head of Business Affairs


Walter Köhler



Sabine Holzer

Head of TV



August 2017

Jackson Hole Film Festival 2017 have recognised the work of Terra Mater Factual Studios across the board - with 10 nominations across five of their productions. These include nominations for The Ivory Game,( Best Impact, Best Theatrical Film, Best Editing, Best Writing,)  Paris: A Wild Story ( Best Ecosystem, Best Writing), Tribe versus Pride ( Conservation), David Attenborough's Light on Earth ( Science in Nature, and Best Host), Brothers of the Wild ( Best Visualization)

July 2017

Germany’s biggest and longest-running nature film festival, NaturVision, has awarded us with a special prize: for the maybe “most beautiful film of the festival”, as they stated it; “a complete work of art on its own”. The winner? ’Islands in Time’, our three-parter about paradisiac South East Asian islands. The news in more detail? Read on here <link to TMFS NHN page>

And we’re happy to announce that ‘David Attenborough’s Light on Earth’ has been nominated in two categories at this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Competition in both categories – Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Outstanding Nature Documentary – is strong, but fingers crossed! Congratulations and thank you to our production partners CuriosityStream, BBC, ABC Australia, UKTV and Ammonite.



More Awards
29 June 2017

The 2017 US International Film & Video Festival has honoured TMFC with a total of 10 awards. In categories ranging from Cinematography, Nature/Wildlife, Environment/Ecology and more, four of our productions have collected Gold Cameras, Silver Screens and Certificates. Congratulations to all our production partners who helped make ‘David Attenborough’s Light on Earth‘, ‘Islands in Time‘, ‘Soul of the Elephant‘ and ‘Animal Homes’ happen!
TMFS' feature film ‘Brothers of the Wind’, which boasts incredible natural footage shot in the magical Alps alongside renowned actors such as Jean Reno and Tobias Moretti, has been honoured with the Special Jury Award from as far away as South Korea – and the film had its successful cinematic release in Spain just now, on June 23rd, 2017. Alos, the Deauville Green Awards have included ‘Wild Cornwall‘ and ‘Nature’s Greatest Talents’ in their list of official nominees. Congratulations to our production partners!


TMFS were proud to co-sponsor the sold-out Jane Goodall-lecture “Five Reasons for Hope“ on 18 May 2017 in Vienna. More than one thousand pairs of ears were encouraged by the famous primatologist’s words to keep up working for an exciting future and a healthy environment – and enjoyed some stories giving insight into Goodall’s long and fascinating life.

TMFS have been nominated by the German GreenScreen Festival for “David Attenborough’s Light on Earth“, “Islands in Time“ and “The Ivory Game“ in a number of categories - fingers crossed!  The Shanghai International Green Film Week has also handed out a nomination for “David Attenborough’s Light on Earth“. And finally, the FIFA festival International du Film d’Animalier has honoured our productions “Soul of the Elephant“ and "Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La“ with prizes, in addition to four more nominations. More detailed information regarding all awards and nominations can be found at www.terramater.at.

24 May 2017


The Ivory Game’ wins Beijing International Film Festival

'The Ivory Game’, an outstanding feature documentary about the illegal ivory trade, was just honoured as ‘Best International Feature Documentary’ by China’s Beijing International Film Festival. The film was produced by Viennese production company Terra Mater Factual Studios.

Beijing/Vienna. The world’s primary player in the global illegal ivory trade, China, has made a profound decision: to honour ‘The Ivory Game’ with the prize for ‘Best International Feature Documentary’ at the 2017 Beijing International Film Festival. ‘The Ivory Game’ traces the brutal machinations behind the multi-million dollar illegal trade in ivory, going undercover to expose the web of criminals from poachers to businessmen involved in the slaughter, export and processing of the tusks of the endangered African elephant. []


Game-Changer Award and Genesis Award: further honours for ‘The Ivory Game’

GAME-CHANGER AWARD - On 7 April 2017 the Tusk Wildlife Gala 2017 took place in New York. It was held by the African wildlife conservation organisation Tusk USA, under the patronage of HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

Directors of ‘The Ivory Game’, Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, received the Game-Changer Award presented by Jane Goodall for the efforts put into creating ‘The Ivory Game’, the undercover documentary feature infiltrating the corrupt global networks of ivory trafficking and poaching. CEO of Terra Mater Factual Studios and producer of the film, Walter Köhler, was also in attendance when Ladkani and Davidson were handed the trophy to honour their outstanding work on ‘The Ivory Game’.

Ladkani and Davidson were in good company: renowned paleoanthropologist, conservationist and Kenyan politician, Richard Leakey, received the organisation’s 2017 Legacy Award.

GENESIS AWARD / OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM - In addition, it was just announced that ‘The Ivory Game’ has received the Genesis Award in the Outstanding Documentary Film category, handed out by The Humane Society of the United States. The Genesis Awards recognise excellent works in television, print, film and other special categories for raising awareness of animal protection issues.

These honours follow China’s announcement in late December 2016 to ban all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017.

‘The Ivory Game’ is globally available on Netflix in 19 languages. The 2016 Wildscreen-winner of the ‘Golden Panda’, the “best-of-festival-trophy”, was also shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature.

11 April 2017

A BAFTA-nomination for ‘David Attenborough’s Light on Earth’

TMFS are proud to announce having gained a nomination in the Specialist Factual category of the 2017 BAFTA TV Awards.

BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, are an independent British charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.

“David Attenborough’s Light on Earth” (listed using the official BBC-title, “Attenborough’s Life That Glows”) is up in the running against three further productions – “Planet Earth II”, “Grayson Perry All Man” and “Alan Bennett’s Diaries”.

See all nominations here and the Specialist Factual nominations here.

“David Attenborough’s Light on Earth” is a Terra Mater Factual Studios production in co-production with CuriosityStream in association with BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia, produced by Ammonite.

[David Attenborough's Light on Earth] Produced and directed by Joe Loncraine and Martin Dohrn, “David Attenborough’s Light on Earth” portrays the phenomenon of bioluminescence, spectacular and magical light made by living creatures. With Sir David Attenborough as our guide through a world that glows, and specially developed high-tech cameras to catch it all, “David Attenborough’s Light on Earth” is a breath-taking visual journey, that has by now already garnered eight awards from festivals around the world, amongst them the NHK Science Award and the Technical Innovation Award at the prestigious biannually held Wildscreen-Festival.

The proud winners of the 2017 BAFTA Awards will be announced during the ceremony on Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

11 April 2017


The Ivory Game

The Ivory Game - Title Sequence from Kaiserlicht on Vimeo.