written and produced by Heinz Leger


From the storm-swept summit of Großglockner in the majestic and ancient Hohe Tauern National Park in the west, to the Nationalpark Donau-Auen in the east, which boasts one of Central Europe's largest and most pristine floodplain landscapes. In between, you'll find the awe-inspiring rock formations of the Gesäuse National Park, nestled close to the dense forests of the Kalkalpen National Park. Journey further to discover the sun-drenched salt pans of the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, as well as the charming Thayatal National Park, which stretches beyond the state borders. These six National Parks of Austria are dedicated to preserving the diverse natural heritage of the country and tackling the future's challenges head-on.

53 min. High Definition, Stereo, produced by INTERSPOT Film Ges.m.b.H.


written and produced by Heinz Leger

Universum Nationalparks

Across approximately three percent of Austria's expansive landscape, nature flourishes untouched by human hands. These spaces are home to a multitude of flora and fauna, representing our natural heritage and deserving of preservation. These diverse life forms are inherently resilient to the passage of time. However, in an era of climate change-induced transformations, the protection of these natural resources becomes of utmost importance. The resilience of these habitats is directly proportional to their diversity. While these protected areas may vary in their origins and characteristics, they all face common challenges: climate change, water scarcity or excess, and the invasion of non-native species that threaten native plants and animals

53 min. Ultra High Definition, Stereo, produced by INTERSPOT Film Ges.m.b.H.

Idea: Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger
a film by Heinz Leger

Bergwelten Zeppelinskiing

It may well be one of the most audacious ideas: venturing into the mountains by Zeppelin, then descending from this airship, larger than an Airbus A 380, to hurl oneself into an unknown downhill adventure. In this daring endeavor, not only is the skill of the two skiers, Stefan Ager and Fabian Lentsch, and snowboarder Anderas Gumpenberger crucial, but so too are the abilities of the pilots, who push the Zeppelin to the brink of its performance capabilities.

47 min. Ultra High Definition, Stereo, produced by Lensecape Productions

written and produced by Heinz Leger

Bergwelten Arlberg

The Arlberg region is renowned for its winter tourism, but it offers much more than that! For almost a century, these mountains have been a popular destination, constantly revealing new wonders.

While winter renders large areas inaccessible, summer brings forth opportunities for sports enthusiasts with climbing routes and mountain bike trails, as well as serene hiking paths for those seeking relaxation. Amidst the vast expanses of the Alps, Alpine flora and fauna find a refuge, coexisting peacefully with human-occupied spaces. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or a culture lover, Arlberg is a must-visit destination in the summertime as well.

48 min. UHD, 16:9, Stereo produced by FilmEleven for SERVUS TV

written and produced by Heinz Leger

Bergwelten Brixental

In the heart of the Tyrolean region lies a striking contrast: the awe-inspiring Hahnenkamm, home to the legendary and adrenaline-pumping Streif ski race, stands side by side with the tranquil Brixental. Here, the Kitzbühel Alps reveal their serene and contemplative side, offering a haven for those seeking outdoor adventures.

With its majestic mountains, this idyllic landscape invites you to embark on exhilarating ski tours, thrilling mountain biking excursions, and scenic hikes that provide a bird's-eye view of the surroundings. A harmonious blend of athleticism and leisure awaits, whether you visit in the vibrant summer or the enchanting winter. Discover the allure of the Brixental in Tyrol and indulge in your passion for outdoor pursuits.

48 min. UHD, 16:9, Stereo produced by FilmEleven for SERVUS TV

directed by Heinz Leger


"Champions vs Legends: The Ultimate Showdown of Modern Superstars vs Legendary Champions. Witness Austrian rising star Manuel Feller take on the top skier of the 1980s and 1990s, Marc Girardelli. Prepare for an epic clash as Canadian tough guy hockey star Shea Weber challenges the legendary Bobby Hull and his lightning-fast slapshot in the NHL. Led by our esteemed sports science expert, Steve Haake, we delve into the question:

Can the modern record holder outperform the legendary champion? To find out, we equip the modern sports stars with ancient equipment and challenge them to master old techniques. Who will emerge victorious in this extraordinary test of skill and athleticism?"

The competitors:
Alpine skiing: Manuel Feller vs Marc Girardelli
Sit-ski: Anna Schaffelhuber
Hockey: Shea Weber
Speedskating: Christine Nesbitt
Bobsled: Maximilian Arndt

50 min. High Definition, 16:9, Stereo produced by KENSINGTON, berlin producers and preTV


EPISODE III written and directed by Heinz Leger

Proboscis monkey

Some things on our planet may be too small to notice –
and some are simply too big to grasp.

The Brahmaputra is among the latter -- a river system of global superlatives. Yet, paradoxically, it is practically unknown.
Its source near Mount Kailash, Asia's most sacred mountain among the world's highest peaks, remained undiscovered until the turn of the 20th century. Even then, its upper and lower reaches were thought to be different rivers. The Brahmaputra descends from the planet's "Third Pole" - the Roof of the World. It flows around the Himalayas and finally -- as a giant conveyor belt of sediment -- pushes South Asia's coastline further and further out into the Indian Ocean. It begins as the world's highest major river. It thunders through the planet's biggest gorge, rivalling the Grand Canyon. Uniting with the Ganges, it eventually forms the earth's vastest coastal delta.

3 x 52 min. Ultra HD, 16:9, Dolby 5.1, produced by pretv and


a film by Heinz Leger
and Hannes Mair

Proboscis monkey

Früher Schmuggelsteig für Schwärzer, ist der Rätikon heute die Arena für Ausnahmekönner des alpinen Klettersports geworden. Mit der „Kampfzone“, einer unglaublich schwierigen Felsformation stellt sich der Spitzenkletterer Beat Kammerlander, wie er sagt, seiner letzten großen Herausforderung. Gleich daneben versuchen sich Nina Caprez und Barbara Zangerl an einer Route, die 1991 von Beat Kammerlander eingerichtet hat und die schwerste Klettertour ihrer Zeit galt.

Die Dokumentation „Der Rätikon – Gebirge an der Grenze“ von Heinz Leger und Hannes Mair verspricht spektakuläre Bilder von zwei Kletterevents und noch viel mehr. Sie erzählte von den „Fliegenden Drachen“ mit ihren Gleitschirmen, von Schäfern die im Prättigau mit mehr als tausend Schafen über die Alpe ziehen, von Maisäss und Polmanudla und vom Wettstreit zwischen Schmugglern und Zöllnern. In faszinierenden Bildern ist so ein intimes Portrait einer einmaligen Landschaft im Dreiländer-Eck entstanden.

48 min. Ultra High Definition, 16:9, Stereo produced by alpsolut for SERVUS TV


written and directed by Christoph Weber
reenactment Heinz Leger

Proboscis monkey

"The Nazi Games" tells the story of the Olympic Games in 1936 from a new perspective based on documents made accessible to the scientific community just recently. The film shows how close the Olympic Idea and Nazi ideology at this time was. It also reveals the struggle of a young Austrian swimmer, Judith Deutsch, a Jewish freestyle specialist and aspirant for a medal who rejected her nomination because of the political situation in Berlin.

50 min. High Definition, 16:9, Stereo produced by pretv and taglicht media


written and directed by Heinz Leger

Proboscis monkey

“The Triglav is not a mountain, Triglav is a kingdom.” This expression of ultimate respect by Julius Kugy mountaineer, humanist and writer reflects the uniqueness of Slovenia’s highest mountain. The north face is a monster: more than 1,500 meters of sheer rock. In one of the highest north faces of the Eastern Alps the two renowned alpinists Marko Prezelj and Hanspeter Eisendle have picked a challenging route on the Sphinx – a rock formation on the very top of this breathtaking face. From the very top they have an unlimited view on this hotspot of biodiversity full of fascinating wildlife and meadows exploding in colors.

48 min. High Definition, 16:9, Stereo produced by pretv for SERVUS TV


written by Martin Betz, directed by Heinz Leger

Prince Eugen

This is the story of two Empires, as well as of two outstanding characters: On one side Prince Eugene of Savoy and the Habsburg Empire and on the other side Gülnüs concubine in the Harem of Sultan Mehmet IV. We follow the rise of Prince Eugene, for an emotionally neglected childhood at the court of Louis XIV, to huge success as a respected and feared leader, and the wealthiest man of his time; and finally to his lonely decline. Our protagonist on the Ottoman side is Gülnüs, abducted from Crete, she became mother of two Sultans and had enormous influence over the political and cultural fortunes of the Ottoman Empire.
This documentary shows two civilizations at their height waging war at each other as well as inspiring and exchanging masterpieces of art and music. “More than Just Enemies”

Year of production: 2013 - 2014
2 x 52 min. High Definition, 16:9, Dolby 5.1 produced by pretv
for ORF and arte


a film by Heinz Leger


Step by step, awkwardly watched by a group of wary chamois, two ski tourer push their way through the deep snow. Hermann Maier and Chris Walzer, a renowned vet, specialised on alpine wildlife, are en route to the top of the Dachstein. Having raced through the endless vastness of Antarctica in “Race to the South Pole”, Hermann is now exploring the land where he has his origins – the Alps. Here the wilderness around the Dachstein, Styria’s highest peak, lies like an island in a sea of long tamed nature. In this land of beauty Hermann meets people who protect its wildlife and who have learned to live under the harsh conditions of the high mountain ranges.

Year of production: 2014
45 min. High Definition, 16:9, Stereo, produced by Interspot Film for: ORF


a film by Heinz Leger


Clouds fluffy as cotton candy, dark blue sky and two mountaineers on Austria’s highest peak – Hermann Maier and his guide – this is one of the most impressive shots of this UNIVERSUM-series. Having raced through the endless vastness of Antarctica in “Race to the South Pole”, Hermann is now en route to explore the land where he has his origins, the Alps. Here the national park Hohe Tauern lies like an island of wilderness in a sea of long tamed nature. In this land of beauty Hermann meets people who protect this precious natural gem and who have learned to live under the harsh conditions of the high mountain ranges.

Year of production: 2013
45 min. High Definition, 16:9, Stereo, produced by Interspot Film for: ORF


a film by Heinz Leger

Mt. Everest

Sherpas are the real heroes of high altitude mountaineering. To the early explorers of the Himalayan region they were immeasurably valuable. Without their skills as guides, their hardiness and endurance as porters even the most modern mountain expeditions would not have been possible.
But to this day the achievements of the Sherpas have not found their way into the alpine history books. The blue-chip documentary “The Sherpas' Quest” shows where these people come from and reveals the real importance of the Sherpas for the international climbing and mountaineering community.

Year of production: 2011
53 min. High Definition, 16:9, Dolby 5.1, produced by pretv for: Terra Mater Factual Studios, Servus TV, BBC


a film by Heinz Leger and
Oliver Halmburger


Antarctica is the highest, driest and coldest continent on earth. In this harsh environment two teams take on the challenge to race to the southern most point of our planet. The Austrian team is led by Olympic gold medallist Hermann Maier and the radio presenter Tom Walek. Making up the Austrian team are Sabrina Grillitsch, Austria’s first and only female Special Forces soldier and Alexander Serdjukov, a Husky racing champion.
Their German opposition is headed by TV presenter Markus Lanz and ultra marathon runner Joey Kelly. After a week of acclimatisation on the edge of the continent, they set off on a 400 km race towards the South Pole. Heading out into the polar wilderness on skies, pulling all they need to survive behind them.

Year of production: 2010 - 2011
5 x 45 min. High Definition, 16:9, produced by Loop-Film and Interspot Fim for: ORF and ZDF


written and directed by Heinz Leger


The Arlberg is the embodiment of an idyllic winter and the cradle of alpine skiing. However, this famous ski resort that connects Tyrol and Vorarlberg, offers a lot more than expected. When the winter loosens its icy grip to give way to spring, the mountain slopes explode into bright colours of orchid meadows. The Arlberg has an astonishing past. Today the former seabed is home to deer, fox and marmot. These cute rodents sprawl sluggishly in the morning sun, but the calm is deceiving, because this is the realm of only one sovereign ruler: the Golden Eagle.

Year of production: 2010 - 2011
52 min. XD-CAM, High Definition, 16:9, Dolby 5.1, produced by EPO-Film for: ORF, BR, Cine-Tirol, Land Vorarlberg


written and directed by Jörg D. Hissen and Heinz Leger

 Spirit Lake
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On May 18th, 1980, one of the greatest natural disasters of our time hit the north-western United States. When Mount St. Helens exploded, millions of tons of molten or red-hot rock were hurled into the sky. A devastating wave of hot gases rolled across the woodland, wiping out everything alive. Within seconds, a lush wooded mountain landscape was turned into a barren desert as lifeless as Mars.
Will nature ever recover from this deadly blow? If so, how will life return? How long will it take?
In the aftermath of the eruption, 22-year-old biology student Charlie Crisafulli first came to this area. Over night the mountain had become a vast natural laboratory.
He has spent much of his life studying the area. For three decades, he and his fellow scientists have worked to answer these questions.
They have witnessed nature's astonishing comeback to Mount St. Helens - a story of life from zero.

Year of production: 2008 - 2010
52 min. High Definition, 16:9, Dolby 5.1, produced by Interspot-Film for: ORF, WGBH-Boston, arte, Fremantle


written and directed by Heinz Leger

Gobi desert

Scorching sun for one half of the year. For the other, biting frost.
Mongolia is a land of extremes. With such a hostile climate, its wealth of wildlife comes as a surprise. Over time, humans and animals have learned to cope with harsh conditions. This is a land where life and death are close together. Both hunters and their prey have found astonishing survival strategies. Fascinating wildlife inhabiting a hostile environment and breath-taking sceneries - this is Wild Mongolia.

Year of production: 2006
50 min. HDTV, 16:9 stereo, produced by Interspot Film for:


written and directed by Heinz Leger

The crew

The infamous Genghis Khan was born some 850 years ago and came to rule the largest empire in the history of the world. In so doing, he changed the course of history as no one before or since. Let's find out how this world-changing figure emerged in this opulent film with a cast of hundreds of actors. Lavish scenes bring to life the lost world of history's most powerful and feared warlord.

Year of production: 2004
55 min. HDTV, 16:9, dolby 5.1, produced by Interspot Film for:


written and directed by Heinz Leger

Fu Long
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His departure has been hyped in Austrian media for days,
when Fu Long the 2-year-old panda who charmed his way into the hearts of Austrians is headed to China. Heinz Leger and his team accompanied the panda baby throughout the first moments of its young life until his departure from Vienna Airport. The panda, which was the first in Europe to be conceived naturally, must return to China under a zoo agreement made in 1984. Fu Long’s parents were sent to Vienna in 2003 as part of a loan programme that states that any offspring must return to China in their second year.

Year of production: 2009
43 min. XD-CAM, 16:9 stereo, produced for: ORF


written and directed by Heinz Leger

Fu Long

Entire Austria was buzzing with excitement as for the first time ever in the history of European zoos a panda baby was born naturally and in good health.
Heinz Leger and his team accompanied the panda baby throughout the first moments of its young life. Witness Fu Long’s clumsy attempts at walking, playing around in the adjoining garden and canoodling with his mother Yang Yang. This documentary offers not only sensational exclusive shots of the newly born baby in its birth box, being taken care of by its mother and the little panda’s visits to the veterinarian to assure healthy development but also tries to uncover the secret life of one of the most endangered species in the world. Fu Long is growing fast and getting cuter and lovelier every day. Have a look and join the “panda-mania” that crossed Austria’s borders spreading into whole Europe in no time.

Year of production: 2007/2008
50 min. XD-CAM, 16:9 stereo, produced for: ORF


written and directed by Heinz Leger

Yang Yang and Fu Long

It's pink, almost hairless, blind and tiny, but a real sensation. In the small hours of Thursday, the 23th of August, a baby panda was born in the Schönbrunn-Zoo in Vienna. The whimpering baby, not bigger than 10 centimetres, is the fist offspring of Great Pandas in Europe, that was fathered the natural way. This documentary shows the first pictures of the newborn baby and tells the story how it’s relatives in China are brought up.

Year of production: 2007
43 min. Digi-Beta, 16:9 stereo, produced for: ORF


written and directed by Heinz Leger


This 12 part series tells the story of endangered species whom we all know from childhood visits to zoos and whom we have all come to love last not least due to television.
The series shows why it is above all tigers or gorillas who were brought to the brink of extinction and to what length the international scientific community goes to ensure their survival. Presented by Helmut Pechlaner the former director of the oldest zoo in the world.

Years of production: 1999 - 2004
12 x 43 min. Digi-Beta, 16:9 stereo, produced by Interspot Film for: ORF


written and directed by Heinz Leger

Thaya Valley

For 38 years the river Thaya was not the only border between Austria and Czechoslovakia like a great gulf the Iron Curtain divided the valley into east and west. Almost daily there were alarm signals at the border ...

Year of production: 1999
50 min. Digi-Beta, 16:9 stereo, produced by Lotus Film for: ORF

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