An expert panel of Austrian, German and Swiss industry experts from public broadcasting and film production talked about their two most recent collaborations and the implications of a market united by language, yet different in culture and financing. Both series are distributed worldwide by ORF-Enterprise.

Berlin/Vienna - As part of this year's Berlinale Series Market, ORF-Enterprise, ORF and SRF, with the participation of ARD as well as producers Superfilm and MR Film, were hosting the co-production panel "DACH: Great Stories under one Roof" on February 21 at Cinemaxx Potsdamer Platz. The event provided an expert audience from all over the world with exciting insights into co-productions between the public broadcasters in the German-speaking countries.


"Collaborating with other public broadcasters from the DACH region not only allows us to share the cost of producing high-quality content but also opens up new financing opportunities that might not be available to us otherwise. It can be challenging to coordinate efforts, but the rewards of such collaborations are immeasurable, as we can create original series that resonate with audiences worldwide," says Katharina Schenk, Head of Fiction at ORF


"Following the worldwide success of ORF’s previous drama series we are confident that the broadcasters’ cooperation with German and Swiss partners will result in further highlights, telling exciting original stories. ORF-Enterprise will continue bringing unique content to audiences around the globe," adds Armin Luttenberger, Head of Content Sales International at ORF-Enterprise

DACH – Great Stories under one Roof

Germany (D), Austria (A) and Switzerland (CH) share a language as well as a cultural space. In an economically challenging environment and competitive market, co-productions have become all the more important for public broadcasters.

The panel gave insights in the workflow between public broadcasters and production companies from shaping stories for all three markets with a common and yet so different language to financing.


The experts panel itself consisted of Katharina Schenk, Head of Fiction (ORF), Baptiste Planche, Head of Fiction (SRF), Claudia Luzius, Commissioning Editor (BR), Daniela Mussgiller, Head of Department Fiction, Licenses and Children (MDR), Catrin Strasser, Producer (MR-Film), and Samuel Schultschik, Showrunner (Superfilm).


The collaboration was illustrated by using two recent examples, the hit series "Days That Never Were" (ORF/ARD, 2022) as well as "School of Champions" (ORF/BR/SRF, in production) with an exclusive look at first clips of filming to date. Both series are distributed worldwide by ORF-Enterprise.


“By pooling resources and sharing the financial burden, broadcaster from the  ‘DACH’-region enable us to produce truly outstanding and universal stories – always including the unique local cultural aspects and language,” Catrin Strasser, Producer at MR-Film (“Days That Never Were”), on cross-country collaboration among public broadcasters.


“Being in midst of production of the series ‘School of Champions’, I can already say that it has been worth taking the challenges of collaboration with three public broadcasters, who have been involved in the upcoming series from the very beginning. The broadcasters’ commitment allows me to raise the production value to the next level,” adds Samuel Schultschik, Showrunner at Superfilm (“School of Champions”).


Days That Never Were

8 × 48 min.


When team of investigators shows up and examines an accident that suddenly turns into a murder case, the friendship of four women who have known each other since their elite school days is put to the test...


Produced by MR-Film for ORF, ARD (MDR) and ARD Degeto

School of Champions

8 × 45 min.


To realize their dream of reaching the top, ten young talents push themselves to their limit at an elite ski boarding school. They face immense pressure to succeed, tough training schedules and the struggles of adolescence. To succeed against the odds, some of them have to pay a high price ...


Produced by Superfilm for ORF, SRF and BR.

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Please find here the full press release and adequate photo material for further use:

Berlinale 2023 - DACH Panel - ORF-E Press Release (DOCX | 43 KB)
PHOTO 1 - Days That Never Were - Artwork (JPG | 4 MB)
PHOTO 2 - School of Champions - Artwork 1 (JPG | 3 MB)
PHOTO 3 - School of Champions - Artwork 2 (JPG | 3 MB)
PHOTO 4 - School of Champions - Artwork 3 (JPG | 3 MB)
PHOTO 5 - Katharina Schenk, Head of Fiction (ORF) (JPG | 2 MB)
PHOTO 6 - Baptiste Planche, Head of Fiction (SRF) (JPG | 3 MB)
PHOTO 7 - Claudia Luzius, Commissioning Editor (BR) (JPG | 2 MB)
PHOTO 8 - Daniela Mussgiller, Head of Department Fiction, Licenses and Children (MDR) (JPG | 10 MB)
PHOTO 9 - Catrin Strasser, Producer (MR-Film) (JPG | 498 KB)
PHOTO 10 - Samuel Schultschik, Showrunner (Superfilm) (JPG | 2 MB)
PHOTO 11 - Armin Luttenberger, Head of Content Sales International (ORF Enterprise) (JPG | 988 KB)

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