With “Der Metzger traut sich” Satel Film revives the popular novel character “Der Metzger”. Produced for ServusTV, the thriller is centred on the somewhat eccentric restorer Willibald Adrian Metzger (Simon Schwarz), who keeps stumbling into crimes and other turbulences.
The high-end documentary format shows a sensitive approach to local communities, their inhabitants and their lives. As people describe their creative use of existing resources, a profound, distinctive and authentic portrait of their living space emerges.
The excellent film adaptation of the novella by Friedrich Torberg: Vienna in the interwar period. Kurt Gerber starts his last year at school before the Matura. His new class teacher is the strict mathematics professor Kupfer, who reacts with relentless harshness to Gerber’s poor performance and cheeky remarks.
“Our aim is to develop and produce high quality European drama series and engage a wide audience with a good mix of creativity, quality and entertainment.”
Heinrich Ambrosch, CEO & CO Owner
A success story
For more than 5 decades
From the beginning of colour television to the streaming age.
In 1971, the former Sascha Film managing director Michael Wolkenstein founds a new film production in Vienna that is to write Austrian film history in the years and decades to come.
With legendary cinema films such as Maximilian Schell’s “Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald” (1979), Peter Patzak’s “Kassbach” (1979), the Academy Award-nominated “38 – Auch das war Wien” (1986) by Wolfgang Glück and Luc Bondy’s award-winning “Das weite Land” (1987), the production baptised “Satel Film” was already able to establish itself as a permanent fixture in the 1970s and 1980s.
“Der Schüler Gerber” (1979) becomes standard repertoire in school classes, the cult series “Kottan ermittelt” (1976-1984) brings zest into the rather dry crime world and “Die Piefke-Saga” (1990-1993) enrages domestic tourism associations and wins the Grimme Prize.
Long-running audience hits such as “Schlosshotel Orth” (1996-2004) and “SOKO Donau/Wien” (since 2005) continue to make Satel Film a guarantor of ratings success in prime time in the new century. Now under the leadership of managing partner Heinrich Ambrosch (since 2007) with “Die Toten von Salzburg”, an award-winning feature film series was created in 2015, top TV films such as “Wiener Blut” (2018) directed by Barbara Eder, the co-production “Lucky Per” (2017, directed by Bille August) and the event two-part movie “Im Netz der Camorra” (2020) with Tobias Moretti (directed by Andreas Prochaska) and its sequel “Der Gejagte – Im Netz der Camorra” (2022, directed by Rick Ostermann) follow on seamlessly.
In 2019, Satel Film will realise the first Austrian Netflix series in co-production with Bavaria Fiction and ORF. “Freud”, directed by Marvin Kren, premieres at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, wins the Romy for “Best Production TV Fiction” and places in the Top10 of the Netflix charts in 67 countries.
In cooperation with Storyhouse Productions, the event series “Sisi” is developed for RTL+ in 2021, already renewed for season three. And historical material is also part of the current developments: After “Freud”, musical genius “Mozart” is to get his own series, with Martin Ambrosch acting as headwriter.
The series development “1814 – Vienna Game” by producer Bettina Kuhn is dedicated to the Congress of Vienna, this first major European decision in the 19th century, rich in suspense, intrigue, twists and multi-layered character studies.