Austrian ORF Joins Beta Film’s Big-Budget ‘Rise Of The Raven’


The rise of the crow

Austrian broadcaster ORF came on board The rise of the crow, which is billed as one of the greatest dramas to ever come out of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

The 10-hour series is produced by Serendipity Point Films, Twin Media, HG Media, MR Film and Beta Film, with the latter funding the show with the National Film Institute of Hungary.

ORF has joined as a co-producer, alongside TV2 Network, which will air the show in Hungary and Slovenia.

The drama is produced by Robert Lantos and is based on the novels by Bán Mór, starring Hungarian Gellért L. Kádár as Janos Hunyadi, the army commander who defeated the vast Ottoman troops in the Battle of Belgrade. in 1456.

The multi-million dollar drama traces the adventure-filled life of Hunyadi, exploring how his life is plagued by scandals, political power plays and conspiracies between noble families in Warsaw, Rome, Belgrade and Vienna, culminating in a decisive victory against all odds at the Battle of Belgrade, which reshaped the history of Europe.

Robert Dornhelm (Blood of Vienna), Orsi Nagypal (The agreement) and Attila Szasz (Canards) live, with Balázs Lengyel (golden life) attached as showrunner. Lengyel also writes, with George Mihalka, Balázs Lovas, Zsófia Ruttkay, Attila Veres and Mór attached.

ORF program director Stefanie Groiss-Horowitz said: “Thanks to international cooperation, we can achieve productions that would not otherwise be possible on such a scale, and also bring an Austrian element.”

TV2 CEO Pavel Stanchev added that the show “has everything it takes to become an international blockbuster. By defending Europe from Ottoman invasion, Hunyadi not only became a Hungarian hero, but a historical figure of global significance.


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