Documentaries to better understand a complex world.
Lava Productions AG are just releasing their first feature length documentary
This 90minute documentary examines the state of the world's dwindling oil resources and finds that we're running out of fossil fuels much sooner than anticipated. Industry leaders and scientists such as Matt Simmons, Colin Campbell, Fadhil Chalabhi, David Goodstein and many others lend insights into the dire consequences the world is facing as it moves from cheap abundant energy supply to scarce, inaccessible and expensive energy.
This 45minute documentary about Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD was produced for WDR, Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne, Germany and got nominated for the Grimme award.
Our latest productions include:
World sales by Telepool GmbH, Zürich, Munich, Los Angeles (www.telepool.ch)
on behalf of NZZ Television.
As of January 2007 "A Crude Awakening - The OilCrash" has been licensed to the following territories:
- Australia / New Zealand: Madman Entertainment, Melbourne (all media)
- USA: Sundance Channel (Cable TV) / Netflix (DVD)
- Canada: Mongrel Media (all media)
- Switzerland: Columbus Film (all media)
World Sales: Cinetic Media, NYC
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- Bamboo - Gift of the Gods
- Clouds - the weather engines
- Cryptography - a two part series on security and privacy
- Interferon - the beginnings of biotechnology
- Vulcanoes - a two part series
- Traditionel Chinese Medicine - a two part series
- The Future of Medicine - a four part series
- “Schnell, schnell…”, A feature length docu drama
We’re making sure you’ll get what you’re paying for.
As individuals we also have a track record in the production of film and video for corporate communications and for commercials. Former clients include Credit Suisse, Sal. Oppenheim, Swiss Re, Zurich Financial Services, Nestlé, Swissair, British Airways, Orange, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ford, and many other leading enterprises.
Knowing the minefield of corporate film and commercials production in and
out we now offer our advice as independent consultants:
We can help you define your audiovisual needs and we advise you on how to make the best use of audiovisual communication tools within your organization. We offer to assist you in making sure to select the most promising strategy in communicating to your clients.
We proof read scripts and double-check budgets telling you everything about hidden costs.
Lava Productions Ltd is a privately owned film and TV production house headquartered
in Zurich, Switzerland.
We specialize in high-end TV documentaries and in documentary films.
Lava Productions is currently also in development of its first feature length docu drama.
Basil Gelpke together with Mike Helmy established the company in 1998. Both looked back at an international career in television when they joined forces to set up the company. Under the label Lava TV they produced various entertainment series such as Klassenfest, Hotflirt, Abenteuer Schweiz, Expedition Robinson and Alarm.
Lava TV became one of the first production companies in Europe for Reality TV programming, developing a variety of formats.
In order to expand into the German market in 2000 Lava Productions AG set up Eyeland LLC (www.eyelandtv.com ) in partnership with Germany’s MME (www.mme.de ). Shortly after that Eyeland produced SAT.1’s smash hit primetime reality series “Inselduell” (www.wunschliste.de/links.pl?p=1&s=8041 ).
2001, we acted as a greenhouse by founding Lava Productions LLC in Berlin
which was later taken over by its local management team.
In 2005 Lava Productions AG was taken over and restructured by Basil Gelpke and merged with Feridun AG, a production company and rights trader. Producer Ray McCormack subsequently joined the merged company in 2005.
Lava Productions AG
Tel. + 41 44 261 15 15
Fax. + 41 44 261 15 16