Sphinx Productions LLC
SPHINX PRODUCTIONS, is an international film and television production company in West Hollywood.
SPHINX PRODUCTIONS, previously known as SPHINX FILMS is an international film and television production company in West Hollywood. The company's Managing Director and driving force is Ahmed Radwan, an international producer and director with Egyptian roots who has established an extensive network of partners within the international film industry.
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13 years of friendship with Branko Lustig (producer, Schindler's list, Kingdom of Heaven, ...)
Muscat, April 2017 – During his official visit to Oman, Ahmed Radwan met with the Minister for Tourism to discuss several projects including school films and also TV series. Oman is very interested in co-operating and the preparations for the first project are already starting. Mr. Radwan also met with several other contacts in Oman, including members of the Royal family, ministers and other officials aswell as business men with which he discussed several other projects.
June 2015 – Scenes for the production Tomorrow`s Hop began shooting in Vienna and Burgenland.
A group of Syrian refugees are trying to build a new life in Lebanon. However, some of the people have to experience how everything that builds up breaks up again, and so they try their luck in Europe
Synopsis of the part shot in Austria
Warda, a young woman, after her new life is destroyed in Lebanon, takes with her husband on the dangerous journey by boat across the Mediterranean to start in Europe anew. Arrived in Vienna, however, her husband dies and she begins a new life with the hope for a better future.
Abu Dhabi TV modern drama, in cooperation with SPHINX FILMS. A TV series for 300 million potential viewers in the entire Arabic-speaking world plus another 10 million potential viewers in Europe
Kuwait, Wednesday January 28th 2015 – At the residence of Mr. Ulrich Frank, the Austrian Ambassador to Kuwait, a press conference was organized to highlight co-production possibilities between the gulf area and Europe. Many journalists and film producers, as well as some star actors and actresses, were present. With the support of Mr. Radwan and his company, more and more Arab countries are becoming interested in filming TV-projects in Europe. With this new cooperation, comes the possibility to contribute to the building of cultural ties between the gulf and Europe.
The most important Kuwaiti and Gulf newspapers reported on this event.
Los Angeles, California, November 2012 – Ahmed Radwan recently had the honor of meeting with two legends of the international film industry. The world-famous and most prominent Russian director/producer Sergei Bodrov (nominated for an Oscar for “Mongol”) met with Mr. Radwan and equally famous producer Branko Lustig (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, ….) to discuss joint projects. Specifically, Mr. Radwan was able to consult with the two film giants on two projects that he is developing.
Moscow, June 2012 – Ahmed Radwan made his first trip to Russia, where he had several meetings to discuss potential cooperative projects with Russian producers. Especially film and TV productions to be produced with Russian, European, UAE and US partners were an important topic at these meetings.
Mr. Radwan also met with a representative of the CINEMA CONCERN MOSFILM, a federal state unitary enterprise whose 13 studios make it one of the biggest production companies in Europe. Opportunities for coproductions, as well as the use of MOSFILM facilities in Moscow, were the key topics of discussion.
Beverly Hills, California 2012 – meeting with Branko Lustig, producer of Schindler’s List, Gladiator, etc. at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss the mutual cooperation on a feature film project about the late Bela Zelikovics, a Hungarian Jew whose life story will surely serve as inspiration to people the world over once it is told.
Bela Zelikovics, a humble shoemaker, lost his entire livelihood during World War I, but through hard work managed to re-establish his shoemaking business and earn a significant fortune in the process. During WW II, he again lost everything – even his Jewish family – only to build up his business once again. In the 1950s, during the Hungarian revolt against the Soviet occupiers, Zelikovics lost everything for a third time but managed to escape to the United States, where he again managed to start a successful business.
Cooperation between Sphinx Films and G-STAR School of the Arts for Motion Pictures and Broadcasting
West Palm Beach, Florida, February 2012 – During a meeting between Ahmed Radwan and Gregory E. Hauptner, Motion Picture & Television Producer, Founder/CEO/CFO of G-STAR School of the Arts for Motion Pictures and Broadcasting, and G-Star Motion Picture Studios, Sphinx Films entered into an agreement for a long term cooperation to establish similar schools and production facilities in the countries in which Sphinx Films have working relationships, especially in the Middle East including the Gulf States as well as Azerbaijan – also several European countries with opportunities G-Star can subsequently explore.
Abu Dhabi, January 2012 – Working on various international projects, Mr. Radwan was invited to an official visit to the Emirates. During the dinner reception in the residence of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Julius Lauritsch on the occasion of Mr. Radwan’s visit, Radwan announced the cooperation on projects between Germany, UK, Azerbaijan, Russia, the USA, the UAE and Austria.
Mr. Radwan mentioned that his work is not only to make films but to bring countries together for media projects. And it is not only his intention to do business but it is also an effort to further support ties between countries and to support dialogue between nations.
Kuwait, Oktober 2011 – At the residence of Dr. Marian Wrba, the Austrian Ambassador to Kuwait, a press conference was organized to highlight co-production possibilities between the gulf area and Europe. Many journalists and film producers, as well as some star actors and actresses, were present. With the support of Mr. Radwan and his company, more and more Arab countries are becoming interested in filming TV-projects in Europe. With this new cooperation, comes the possibility to contribute to the building of cultural ties between the gulf and Europe.
The most important Kuwaiti newspapers, as well as a TV channel with a live program, reported on this event.
Seefeld, August 2011 – Scenes for the co-production Hopelessly in Love begin shooting in Seefeld. After the signing of a TV production agreement between Austria’s SPHINX FILMS and partners in Abu Dhabi (in February 2010, in Abu Dhabi), shooting on the production commenced in early August with the support of the TVB Olympiaregion Seefeld.
Meeting with Branko Lustig (Producer of Gladiator, Peace Maker, Kingdom of Heaven, etc.)
Zagreb, September 2010 – Ahmed Radwan, founder of SPHINX FILMS, met with the Hollywood producer of Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and other successful films for lunch in Zagreb, where Mr. Lustig was spending the summer, to discuss various projects and possible cooperation. The first meeting between the two had taken place in Marrakech in 2004, and since then they have met in various places, including Los Angeles and New York City. Mr. Lustig has agreed to support Mr. Radwan’s activities, in particular those aiming at building bridges between cultures.
Abu Dhabi, 2 February 2010 – A film and television production agreement was signed in the residence of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Julius Lauritsch in Abu Dhabi between the film production company “SPHINX FILMS” (founder: Ahmed Radwan, an Austrian of Egyptian descent) and the production company of Abu Dhabi TV. Several artists and filmmakers were present, including Abeer Isa (Jordan), Layla Alsalman (Kuwait), Maysaa’ Mograbi (United Arab Emirates/ UAE), Shehab Johar (Kuwait), Alaa’ Alnoa’imey (UAE) and Mansour Al Gasani (UAE).
The objective of the agreement was to promote cooperation projects between SPHINX FILMS and the United Arab Emirates in the area of film and television, thus making a contribution to cultural relations between Austria and the UAE. In addition, it is hoped that the agreement will promote film and television relations between all of Europe and the entire Arab region
ORF about the production First Love
ATV series for 300 million potential viewers in the entire Arabic-speaking world plus another 10 million potential viewers in Europe.
SPHINX FILMS is responsible for sequels of the series that will be filmed in Austria.
Amman, May 2010 – The contract for the filming of parts of a Jordanian TV series in Austria was signed in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman, Jordan, in the presence of the Austrian ambassador. The event was televised, and the publicity exceeded expectations. The filming in Austria was originally planned for another country, but was switched to Austria due to the efforts of Mr. Radwan – who, thus, positively contributed to Austria’s relations with Jordan and the Middle East in general.
Mr. Radwan has been an official delegate accompanying the Austrian president on official trips to the Middle East, in an effort to further develop ties between Austria and the region. For example, he visited Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riadh, Cairo and Alexandria with the Austrian president. He was also part of many other official Austrian economic and cultural delegations to various countries in the area. In his official capacities, Mr. Radwan has been able to make the acquaintance of many important senior government officials, and even heads of state.
TV series, produced for the international arabic satellite broadcaster MBC. SPHINX FILMS is responsible for 4 sequels of the series that are filmed in Austria.
Dubai, December 2004 – To accept an honorary invitation, Ahmed Radwan traveled to Dubai for the opening of the Dubai Film Festival. He took the opportunity to meet with producers and investors from the Emirates.
The Most Fascinating Human Musical Instrument
The Austrian-Australian film Didgeridoo is the first extensive documenary film about one of the the most fascinating human instruments.
This film was organized in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Education and displays the extraordinary contrast between the didgeridoo and Austria.
The Australian original residents (aborigines) developed this fascinatng instrument, which is made from wood hollowed out by termites, and which for thousands of years has produced tones in different rhythmical combinations. Although originally developed by aborigines for use in rituals, the didgeridoo is now used by people all over the world for many different types of music.
In Austria many groups of people have taken up playing the didgeridoo, almost perfecting a style similar to the music of the original aborigines. One of these people is the former ski-jumper Alex Mayer, who plays this ancient instrument high over the Tirolian Alps, accompanied by the singing of his wife.
With great feeling, Ahmed Radwan projects musicians and their didgeridoos in traditional Austrian countryside scenes and in this way composes a documentary metaphor to the Australian home of the intrument.
The exceptional sounds of this instrument come from an unusual breathing technique, known as circular breathing. This film fully demonstrates how this works. But cultural aspects are not neglected. For instance, a Viennese “Gymnasium” school initiated a few years ago, with great enthusiasm of teachers and students alike, the first didgeridoo lessons.
Didgeridoo is a trip through the sounds of this exceptional instrument, from its origins in Australia to its spreading popularity in Europe. The film shows that traditional musical instruments can find justification beyond their original musical forms, and indeed in any time, in every place, and in every musical direction. This is one more reason why Didgeridoo should have a place in every video archive.
My son Adam, together with Branko Lustig, producer of Schindler´s List, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven
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Ahmed Radwan & Branko Lustig (producer of Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, etc.)
West Hollywood, CA
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