With successful television series, award-winning feature and cinema films and acclaimed documentaries, SATEL Film has been one of Austria’s leading film production companies for five decades. Founded in 1971 by Michael Wolkenstein and successfully led into the 2000s, Heinrich Ambrosch has been leading producer and managing partner of SATEL Film since 2007.

With legendary feature 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), SATEL Film was already able to establish itself as a permanent fixture in the Austrian film industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

From the very beginning, SATEL Film has been synonymous with Austrian series production: Cult series such as “Kottan ermittelt” (1976-1983), “Die Piefke Saga” (1990-1992), “Schlosshotel Orth” (1996-2004) and many more are representative of a large number of primetime productions in Austria, Germany and Europe.

Since 2005, the series “SOKO Donau/Wien” has been celebrating unbroken success in its (until now) 17 seasons. In 2007, Heinrich Ambrosch received one of the coveted Romy Television Awards for “Best Producer”.

Equally unbroken is the success of the TV film series “Die Toten von Salzburg”  which has been broadcast in German-speaking countries since 2015, winning awards and achieving excellent ratings.  Top TV films such as “Wiener Blut” directed by Barbara Eder, the co-production “Lucky Per” (directed by Bille August) and the event movie “Im Netz der Camorra” with Tobias Moretti (directed by Andreas Prochaska) follow on seamlessly.

In 2019, SATEL Film realised the first Austrian Netflix series in co-production with Bavaria Fiction and ORF. “Freud,” directed by Marvin Kren, premiered at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, won the Romy for “Best Production TV Fiction” and places in the Top10 of the Netflix charts in 67 countries. In October 2021, “Freud” received three medals at the prestigious NY Film & TV Awards .

CEO Heinrich Ambrosch: “We produce national and international
TV-Movies and TV- Series, as well as documentaries and feature films.
Our common goal is to inspire and stimulate the audience with a good mixture of creativity, quality and entertainment. With our productions we try to awake interest and attention, while addressing the broad public, as well as key audience groups throughout Europe”.

SATEL Film – Group
SATEL’s headquarters are in Vienna. The group includes the following companies:

Linzer Straße 375, 1140 Vienna, Austria

ARABELLA Film-, Musik- und Buch Verlag GesmbH
Linzer Straße 375, 1140 Vienna, Austria

– Development of Film and TV productions
– Production of Film and TV productions
– Co-productions with international partners
– Provision of production services