Germany - Reunified but Not United
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is celebrating its unity. The achievement of national unification is considered a historical event, but it soon was shadowed by a series of difficulties, some due to structural problems in the European economy, others to the costs and consequences of unification itself. The lingering economic gap between the east and west was just one of several difficulties attending unification. Not surprisingly, many easterners resented what they took to be western arrogance and insensitivity.
Sister Courage - A Fearless Fight against the Nazi Regime
This film sheds light on the fate of an extraordinary woman who has been overlooked by history: Anna Bertha Königsegg, visitator of the Sisters of Charity in Salzburg, who fought against the systematic murder by the Nazis of people with physical and mental handicaps under the so called T4 programme. She actively resisted the transportation of the protégés of her order and thus risked her own life; despite her courage, however, she was unable to save the majority from being killed.
Trieste is the secret jewel of the Adriatic. The northern Italian port has had a diverse history - for centuries, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and in the post-war years, it was Europe's southern outpost of the "Iron Curtain" dividing the West from the communist East. To this day, Trieste is a city where cultures, languages, ethnicities and religions intermingle.
Prague shares a turbulent history with Austria. The Czech capital was once part of the multi ethnic Habsburg monarchy and one of its cultural and intellectual centres. In the Soviet era it was the starting point for the Prague Uprising; after the fall of the Iron Curtain it has become a booming tourist destination and the setting for top flight Hollywood films.
My New York
They say New York is the city that never sleeps - and they're right. New York, teeming with life, is the most densely populated metropolis in the USA, and has more to offer than almost any place in the world, whether it be art, music, innovative architecture or experimental cuisine.
Liechtenstein - A Land of Milk and Honey
The principality of Liechtenstein is celebrating its 300th anniversary with great pomp and ceremony. Liechtenstein, squeezed in between Austria and Switzerland, is one of the smallest but richest countries in the world. Global market leaders are headquartered here, with employees often commuting from Switzerland or Austria; Liechtenstein has more jobs than it has residents. Notorious for many years as a tax haven and a paradise for money laundering, Liechtenstein has recently been taking countermeasures.
The Earth is on Fire
Climate change could force over 140 million people to migrate within countries by 2050, says the world Bank... and in some countries it's already happening. Thousands of people lose their homes because of climate change.
This documentary shows the impact of climate change in one of the most affected areas in the world, Bangladesh. Scientists, environmental experts and climate activists, like Greta Thunberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger, emphasize in interviews the importance of changing our behavior and habits.
To Hell With It!
This quiz show concept in which two candidates compete with each other
in a completely new way and which incorporates people from the studio audience as temporary
players, marks a true innovation in terms of layout and game system and additionally
merges aspects of a quiz show and an entertainment show
with entertaining personalities and musical elements.
- Two candidates
- Two bodyguards
- The Sirens (male of female DJ + singer, living jingle)
- Studio audience
Zur Hölle damit! («To Hell With That!») is a 45-minute quiz show that is as fair as life itself in which two candidates compete for a game account that only one of them can command in the end.
The person who makes it to the foreground as an active candidate should avoid making mistakes as their opponent may immediately snatch the account and the game away from them again.
The person who achieves three correct answers first becomes an active candidate in the foreground. The other candidate remains in the background, «lurking».
THE GAME'S FIVE ROUNDS
Each round consists of four questions from the categories image riddles, odd rhymes, classic quiz questions, twisted words and tough riddles involving clues.
For every CORRECT answer, the active candidate receives money onto their game account.
If they give a WRONG answer, the positions are immediately reversed, accompanied by vocals. The «lurking candidate» becomes the active candidate, taking over account balance and game. As soon as this candidate gives a WRONG answer, however, the positions are once again reversed.
In case a candidate doesn't know the correct answer, they can opt to skip a question once per round to maintain their position in the foreground which is important for the final round. If the active candidate says the words «zur Hölle damit!» («To Hell With That!»), a randomly selected person from the studio audience is given the chance to win the respective prize money. Should they succeed, the candidate loses the respective amount, but maintains their position in the foreground for the time being.
The candidate who manages to answer the last question of the last round correctly commands the account balance and moves on to the final round.
First, the possible win (20,000 EUR) is divided by the account balance (e.g. 4,000 EUR). The result yields the number or possible answers to the final question.
Example: 20,000/ 4,000 = 5
In this case, the candidate would receive a final question with FIVE possible answers.
If the candidate provides a CORRECT answer, they win the 20,000 EUR
If the candidate provides a WRONG answer, they lose everything.
If the candidate provides NO answer, they can attempt to at least save the account balance (4,000 EUR) for themselves. In such a case, however, the «lurking candidate» gets one more chance.
Only if the «lurking candidate» provides a WRONG answer, the active candidate can keep the 4,000 EUR for themselves.
If the «lurking candidate» provides a CORRECT answer, the account balance is divided between the two.
Quiz Congress - The Political Talk Show
Innovative, relevant, close to the audience and an unusual quizmaster - in each episode five citizens are faced with questions about the election as well as one of the top candidates of the parliament parties who will answer their questions as well.
This format shows what citizens really know about their parties and the political programs and systems the top candidates stand for.
Urban Comedies: Harrinator
Harri Pinter is a jerk and his long term girlfriend, Ines, has lost hope that he could ever grow up. She suddenly starts dating another man and Harri dives right into a midlife crisis. Dörki is the only friend he has left and also the weirdest guy in town. He still believes in the «jerk's» good heart.
Urban Comedies: Faith for Beginners
To win his true love and to get his own restaurant, Musa has to convert to Christianity and become a Muslim at the same time. Becoming a Muslim and a Christian at the same time - an insoluble dilemma? Not for Musa!
Katharina Straßer und Thomas Stipsits meistern in 100 Rollen 1000 Lebenslagen - frech, humorvoll und politisch unkorrekt. Ob am Amt, im Nobelwinzerkeller, im Zugabteil, an der nächsten Straßenecke oder im Kinderzimmer: Überall lauern beinahe wahre Geschichten.
In the big live show, the host as well as the presenters from Austria's nine federal states and as many prominent personalities, will, from a selection of nine hidden places in Austria, crown the loveliest «treasure». Every couple, which consists of one presenter and one personality from one of the provinces, will judge and, with the public, award points. The places with which the individual states will compete against one another are determined in the regional pre-selections in the ORF regional Studios.
Beastly good entertainment is a safe bet in this funny and exciting quiz show with its many tricky questions from the animal kingdom, where both adults and children can put "animal" knowledge and quickness to the test. We will also visit these fascinating animals in the zoo, such as the banded mongoose, which can crack eggs with a very special trick.
The candidates of the show try to catch as much money as possible in the money shower. Using «lucky cards», the candidates have the chance to either obtain a bonus of ten seconds in the wind channel or to double their win amount. A person who scratches open the ORF-icon on the «Money-Maker» scratchcard thrice, automatically becomes a contestant of the show. In an overall, equipped with extra wide pockets, the candidate has the opportunity to catch as many flying bank notes from the money shower as possible in the given time. Moreover, the television viewers get a chance to win a gold coin in the virtual «Money Maker»-scratch game.
Conchita - Unstoppable
»My Music, my conviction, my life as an artist»- The
documentary accompanies Conchita Wurst - the Queen of Austria and winner of the
ESC 2014 through her time after her overwhelming victory and the
preparation for the upcoming ESC 2015. The documentary gives a very
personal insight into Conchita's way of fulfilling her dreams and her ambitious aim of
winning a Grammy. Be it the recording of her new album, international
performances of Conchita at concerts, talk shows, gay prides around the world, the famous
Golden Globes or the legendary debut at the «Crazy Horse» show in Paris.
«Conchita Wurst - The Unstoppable» shows how the Queen of Austria manages to reconcile her tight schedule and thereby always remains faithful to herself and her convictions.
Bruno is ... hm? He´s not a bear and not an ant, he´s neither an animal nor a human being. He´s simply a cheeky guy. In just 25 seconds he travels the seven seas, takes a ride on a snail-taxi and visits wild dinosaurs through a crystal bowl. Anything can happen to him, no matter if he conquers the screen in 3D or as a puppet. Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight for a fun ride through Brunos world. This combination of 3D animation and film elements is perfect for short breaks and as a filler.
Duration: 20 - 25 seconds
Mike is Looking for Happiness
Michael Ostrowski is on the search for happiness. With roguish humour and a dash of (self) mockery in his luggage, he meets with people who tell him about their own personal strategies for happiness. Witty, entertaining and a little off the wall, his travels bring him into contact with a wide variety of people and their routes to happiness, for example the worlds of esotericism, sex, gaming and solitude. «Mike is Looking for Happiness» is an entertaining, informative report and one of the most unconventional voyages of discovery into the innermost desires and hopes of mankind.
Where to, Mr. President?
Wouldn't you like to see your future President pushing his own campaign car out of the dirt? See him sing along with his favorite music? Discover what kind of person really lies under his political skin? «Where to, Mr. President?» shows you exactly that. Our Format «Where to, Mr. President?» delivers your audience the human being behind the political mask.
Hard graft instead of society parties - in «Dirty Jobs», prominent personalities take part in a bold experiment. They exchange their luxury lifestyles for strength-sapping work and muck in on a variety of jobs. In the process they discover their limits, among other things as sewerage workers, dustbin men, forestry workers, industrial mountaineers, signalmen and mineworkers. The celebrities immerse themselves in the living environment of society's true heroes, who do the toughest jobs in Austria every single day.
It's different. It's unique. It's an outstanding success on TV and has been running for years. KIDDY CONTEST. On this show, kids change the big chart hits to funny versions in their native language.
"Call Me Maybe" becomes a party song for water rats and "Hot'n'Cold" is served as "Grammatical Tangle". This is a multi-platinum music show for kids and the whole family. In 2009, KIDDY CONTEST won the prize for "best integrated event design & promotion" at the "Eyes & Ears of Europe" Awards.
The Rolling Bones - You're Never Too Old to Rock'n Roll
They feel like nifty fifty. And they still have rock 'n' roll in their blood. Now they want to experience it all over again. On the adventure of their lives. The Rolling Bones. The oldest reality band in the world. The Rolling Bones - The story of five grey panthers who start up what seems to be a totally crazy project. Out of retirement and up onto the stage - the are starting a band. The Rolling Bones - the real-life answer to "Got Talent", "The Voice" etc. No reality talent format has ever before been as touching, surprising and entertaining.
Cracking the Jackpot
This series consistently delivered good results for ORF's late night slot with up to 23 % market share (adults 12+). Launched in Germany with big success and in production for Belgium.
Science Busters - Don't Know Anything? Believe Everything!
Did you know that crabs can do karate, pigs glow in the dark and cockroaches have sex with their heads detached? The Science Busters explain the physics behind oddities of the animal world, such as how sea snails learn for their high school diploma, when waterbears reproduce like Boris Becker and why jewel beetles always lose when they play spin the bottle. Top science and top class humour need not be enemies! This is demonstrated by a cabaret artist and his two scientists in new episodes of their megasuccesful stage show with their own experiments and punchlines. The popular science cabaret returns.
Duration: 16 x 27 min.
Champion is the ultimate combination of a knowledge quiz show and anaction game show for the prime time program. Fitness, skill, knowledge,luck and team spirit are just some of the requirements for the candidates.In every show, a certain number of candidate pairs vie with each other fora place in the final show, where you can win a grand prize. Each team consistsof two persons - a man and a woman who must know each other welland be physically fit. The candidates represent certain regions or federalstates,which gives this show a distinctive local touch. Each team has itsown block of fans in the studio, which provides additional support for therespective team and is crucial for a quiz.
Lonely Hearts Club
Lonely people from all different walks of life pour out their hearts in front of a live camera in the hope of finding a partner for life. These miniature portraits, amusing and melancholic, reverberate with the desire for love and trust, as well as the fear of loneliness and death, and range from very moving to very strange. Above all, they are entertaining insights into the intimate lives of our contemporaries. The rewards the candidates earn for their candidness are public sympathy, some prominence and a partner for life, if they're lucky. This TV show has been successfully broadcast over 200 times, and it works well in almost any timeslot from mornings to the second primetime or the late night show.
Skiing from an unusual point of view: 16 celebrities (8 women and 8 men) prepare themselves in a professional-guided ski-camp for «THE RACE».
The Wild Gardener - The world's grittiest gardening show!
«The Wild Gardener» presents easy-to-implement gardening tips that demonstrate alternatives to the established knowledge in countless gardening books.
«Rock Diaries» is a tailor-made mobile TV format where interaction is a core-piece of the plot. A smart crossover between fiction and real life. The featured band is real, acting in their own TVseries. Furthermore, the series is starring national celebrities. It also refers to real events or happenings.
Vienna Opera Ball
The traditional Vienna Opera Ball is the highlight of the Viennese ball season, taking place in the building of the Vienna State Opera, which, almost overnight, is being transformed into a glittering, extravagant ball room. The Vienna Opera Ball sticks to the strict traditional dress code of white tie and tails for men and floor-length ballgowns for women. Among the guests are national and international politicians, businessmen, artists and stars like Sophia Loren, Geri Halliwell, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, and Nicollette Sheridan. The opening ceremony begins with the famous polonaise danced by young men and women all dressed in black and white. Arias by opera singers and dances by the Vienna State Opera and children's ballets complete the picture.
Vienna Opera Ball: Feburary 12th, 2015
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Celebrating the beauty of life and the diversity of world cultures, the Life Ball reinvents the great Viennese Ball tradition with glamorous, outlandish performances and inspirational speeches. Since 1993, world famous personalities and artists have lent their voices and support to Europe's largest and most spectacular annual charity event dedicated to raising support for the worldwide fight against HIV and AIDS. With their personal impulses and involvement, the likes of Sharon Stone, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Kim Cattrall, Heidi Klum, Dennis Rodman, Naomi Campbell have inspired courage and promoted the joyful aspects of life, giving a clear sign against discrimination and ignorance.
Experience this sparkling event with breathtaking dance performances, famous music acts such as Simply Red or Grace Jones among others and the glittering spectacle of the famous fashion show in the finale. Both top models and dazzling celebrities can be seen on the catwalk presenting creations from famous designers all over the world. So far Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood or Agent Provocateur to name just a few, have contributed their imagination to this statement of humanity, tolerance and understanding.
For more information go to www.lifeball.org.
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Musical! - The Show
Touching drama, romantic comedy, sizzling eroticism or spine-tingling creepiness; add a garnish of breathtaking dance and some wonderful singing and you have «Musical! - The Show». In 8 episodes the show's 10 candidates try to convince the audience of their star qualities, singing and performing songs of the world's most famous musicals. Every week one of the contestants has to leave the show. To assist the audience in making the right choice, a panel of highly qualified judges, and a guest star from the world of music theatre, cast their eyes over the 10 contestants and offer professional comments.
The Line - Crossing Your Country as the Crow Flies
The participants of "The Line" are sent on the road through impassable terrain, crossing rivers and lakes, surmounting hills and mountain passes. Eleven candidates are faced with what is likely to be the biggest challenge of their lives: Crossing their home country as the crow flies, with a maximum deviance of 200 m permitted. In plain language, rather than bypassing round obstacles barring the way like mountains, lakes, rivers and buildings, this means surmounting them. The expedition teams, consisting of eleven members each at the outset, are accompanied by cameras throughout their tour across these countries. In a live television vote, the audience chooses a winner each week, while one team member gets eliminated. The final winner of the expedition receives considerable prize money.
Dailies approximately 25 min., weeklies approximately 100 min.