Red Bull Media House Honored with 2017 Sportel Award

Best Promotion Program for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 Trailer 'Wake up’.

Red Bull Media House is honored to win one of only nine Sportel Awards this year for Best Promotion Program for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 Trailer 'Wake up’. The award category rewards the best trailer, teaser or program intro promoting sports in general, one sport in particular, one sport TV show, or one sport event.

This is the second Sportel Award that Red Bull Media House has won. The first back in 2014 for the “Best Sport Slow Motion of the Year” for “Turkey BackFlip Pigeon”.

Since 2009 the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic action and dives of incredible complexity. The sport follows the traditional high diving format with unprecedented outdoor backdrops including stops in Ireland, Portugal, Chile, Texas USA and Italy. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is broadcast on Red Bull Media House’s owned and operated channels including Red Bull TV with highlights from each stop and additional content to bring to life the stories of the athletes, places and skill it takes to be the best in the sport. Watch the last stop from Lago Ranco, Chile here.



Documentary ‘THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS’ obtained two awards at Mountain Film Festival.

Cliff divers Orlando Duque and Jonathan Paredes tackle the world's largest waterfall in The Smoke that Thunders.

"This is one of the most beautiful places," says Duque, who, with 13 cliff-diving world titles, two Guinness world records and more than 20 years in the sport, has dived off most places it's possible to dive off. "Standing in the gorge, looking around, you think, 'This is unreal.' But what sets this dive apart from others is the analysis you've got to do. It's not as black and white as you think.“

Indeed. Victoria Falls in Southern Africa is the biggest curtain of water on earth and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Every minute, 625 million litres of water plunge over the 100-metre waterfall and with a width of 1 708 metres and height of 108 meters, it is classified as the waterfall with the world's largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls and in width is rivaled only by Argentina and Brazil's Iguazu Falls. It is known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” in the local Tokaleya Tonga tongue.  This translates to ‚The Smoke that Thunders’ and is in reference to the famous spray, which – when the Zambezi River is in full flood, typically in April every year – can rise to 400-metres.

But recently, Victoria Falls has become known for something new as world-class cliff divers Orland Duque and Jonathan Paredes challenged themselves to one of the most astonishing cliff dives to date: a 30-metre dive from the world’s most iconic waterfall. It is a whole different ball game to previous dives the athletes have conquered, this river is ever changing and the 3m long crocodiles, shattered oars and eddies swirl waiting for the pair at the bottom of their dive make for an incredibly challenging analysis. Both athletes face their own challenges, Duque takes the responsibility of setting the limit on their ambition and of course dives first. Paredes, on the other hand, battles a visceral fear of climbing to the take-off spot, and often struggles to clear his mind of chattering doubt.
The full documentary is now available on Red Bull TV.

For this documentary, directed by Wayne de Lange, we received two awards at 2017 Mountain Film Festival in the categories 'Best Director‘ and 'Action Sports Competition‘.



The Ivory Game shortlisted for the best feature documentary Oscar 2017

"The Ivory Game“ is among the 15 finalists for the best feature documentary Oscar.

The investigative ivory-trade doc produced by Terra Mater Film Studios, and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio was shortlisted from a total of 145 submissions. The five final nominees will be announced January 24, along with the rest of this year’s Oscar nominees. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Ivory Game is an undercover feature-documentary which exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award nominated director Kief Davison filmed undercover for 16 months, moving across the continents of Africa and Asia, documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.


"The Ivory Game would just be another heart-pounding crime thriller if its subject matter wasn't so depressingly true.“

"In any event: a committed, valuable film.“
The Guardian

" ‘The Ivory Game’ may be a harsh wakeup call to anyone concerned about the future of the largest land mammal, but it’s also a keen evaluation of the efforts being made to correct the situation.”


The film is available on Netflix in 190 countries in 19 languages. Find here the trailer.


Terra Mater Film Studios, is the cinema branch of Terra Mater Factual Studios, a sister company of Red Bull Media House which produces and distributes a wide variety of programming for TV and theatrical release.