The company’s founder, Wolfgang Ritzberger, has been working in the movie industry since his school days when he got the chance to work as an extra on the set of The Prisoner of Zenda with Peter Sellers, bringing him into contact with the legendary Wien-Film for the first time. The costumes were stored at the Schwechaterhof on Landstraße which is now a shopping centre, and shooting took place at locations in Schönbrunn Palace and the Votiv church. Shortly afterwards he worked on the set as a microphone assistant for a TV advert (produced by CP Film).
His Credo: Producing a movie is a very complex activity, bringing together many different artists and creatives to realize the ideas of the screenwriter and the director which are then hopefully received by an enthusiastic audience. The road is long and often rocky because there is too much movie for the little funding that can be raised. In a nutshell, practically no movies in Europe are financed at the box office. Consequently, the entire profession is dependent on film support and broadcasting companies.
Wolfgang Ritzberger: “I’m grateful that I’ve been able to turn my passion into my profession, and that I’ve been allowed to realize my dream of making movies. It has been a marathon, and the cemetery of unrealized projects, usually the victims of funding problems, is a big one. But this is true not only here in Austria, it’s the same all over the world. Therefore I’m always grateful when it works out, firstly, because I also have to make a living from this profession, and, secondly, because then the creativity and considerable work already invested in the project is not lost.”
Biography: Born in 1961, Wolfgang began filming as an extra in high school. Later on, his acting and vocal training brought him on stage, he worked as a micro-assistant and later as a camera assistant for TV spots, various TV programs, such as "Ohne Maulkorb" and feature films, including major international productions. As a high school student, he started working for the radio, first in a student editorial office, then at Ö3 and school radio, until he ended up with the current service. First in the Landesstudio Niederösterreich, where he was involved in the introduction of local television, and then in the ZIB 2 as one of the two editors of the program. He left the ORF for film in the second half of the 1990s and founded his own production company in 2000, which has been around ever since. With the feature film "The best of all worlds", he was one of the most successful Austrian films in recent years, who also received more than 100 awards worldwide, was the only producer in the early 2010s who gave the then unknown and very young Salzburg director a chance and boxed his project everywhere.
His studies in economics remains incomplete and he completed his studies in film science with a thesis on the economic effects of film funding. He is dedicated to sailing and is an official MSVÖ examiner for inland and deep sea licenses. Wolfgang is married, lives and works in Vienna and Mödling and is a very happy father of two daughters and one son, some of whom are already grown up.