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TMFS win Science Media Award

September 2014: ‘Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature’ awarded “best presenter-led programme” at leading science doc festival Science Media Awards in Boston.

480 science documentaries from 22 countries were entered for this year’s Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Terra Mater Factual Studios productions were nominated in six different categories.

Especially the innovative series ‘Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature’ convinced the international jury. The three-parter, produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Oxford Scientific Films in co-production with BBC, is a fast-paced, sharp and funny rollercoaster ride through the various implementations of bionic engineering.

The series has already been a runaway hit at international festivals. At the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the series was nominated in two categories and won ‘presenter-led’. This was followed by a ‘CINE Golden Eagle Award’ and a gold medal at the New York Festivals. The novel approach of the programme and Richard Hammond’s charming presentation also seem to travel well: The series delighted both the juries of the Deauville festival and the Pariscience Film Festival in France.

Terra Mater-CEO Walter Köhler: „This amazing success clearly shows that we are on the right track – not only in natural history but in the science genre as well. It’s this combination of compelling, newly discovered stories, imaginative story-telling and the highest productions values that makes Terra Mater docs so special. What we already stand for in natural history also now develops into the gold standard for science documentaries.“

The nominations come as the latest highlight in a long line of accolades for the Vienna-based production company. Since coming up with the first slate of productions in 2012, Terra Mater Factual Studios have received more than 60 international awards.