Alexander Coridass

ZDFE merges factual and entertainment under Rückauer

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has consolidated its factual and entertainment wings under doc chief Ralf Rückauer. ZDFE.entertainment and ZDFE.factual have now merged to become ZDFE.unscripted. Rückauer, who previously led factual, is in charge of the merged division, with entertainment boss Sylvia Brucker remaining focused on that genre within the bigger group. This comes after ZDFE’s long-serving […]

ZDFE chief Coridass to exit after 25 years

ZDF Enterprises president and CEO Alexander Coridass has resigned after a quarter of a century with the German sales operation. Coridass was one of the co-founders of ZDFE, the sales arm of German pubcaster ZDF, in 1992. He will leave at the end of the year, with Fred Burcksen and Stephan Adrian replacing him as […]

ZDFE launches digital prodco

ZDF Enterprises has created a digital subsidiary aimed at producing for online platforms. Streamwerke will sit within German pubcaster ZDF’s commercial division, with Jannik Hülshoff and Dennis Papirowski named co-CEOs of the Berlin-based prodco. It was born out of the existing F12 Media, which is a subsidiary of ZDF Digital Medienproduktion. Hülshoff (left) was most […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part II

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action!   The Netflix question: what is the single most important way in which Netflix has changed the TV drama market?   It […]

Coridass renews ZDFE deal to 2020

Alexander Coridass, the boss of ZDF Enterprises, has renewed his deal at the German distributor for another five years. ZDFE is the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF and Coridass’ new contract will see him stay at the company until at least 2020. He has been at ZDFE since 1998. Thomas Bellut, chairman of the […]

ZDF orders more Doctor Klein

ZDF has ordered another run of family-skewed medical drama Dr. Klein. The German public broadcaster has ordered another twelve episodes of the show, about a diminutive kids doctor, Valerie Klein, working in an inner city children’s hospital. The new season will deliver in spring. Season one performed well for ZDF, averaging 4.1 million viewers across […]

A+E, ZDFE renew content pact

A+E Networks and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises have renewed an eight year-old acquisition and distribution pact. Under terms of the agreement, ZDF History content will remain on A+E channels in a Sunday night slot. ZDF programmers will remain in control of the block, which includes ZDF and A+E content. ZDFE, German pubcaster ZDF’s commercial arm, will […]

ZDF sells 200hr docs package into China

ZDF Enterprises has cut a two-year deal with Chinese programmer and distributor LIC for two 100-hour packages of factual programming. LIC is a Chinese producer and distributor and also runs ten branded blocks that are carried on numerous Chinese TV channels. The deal with ZDFE, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster, gives LIC […]

CCTV explores Wild Germany with ZDFE package deal

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has closed a deal to take a major 18-hour factual programming package from Germany’s ZDF Enterprises. The deal with ZDF’s commercial arm covers wildlife, nature, history and biography shows. Titles include new four-part doc Wild Germany, six-part history series Last Secrets of the Third Reich, The Jungle Bear, Dingo – Wild […]

ZDF picks up sales rights to latest hit Scandi drama

ZDF Enterprises has taken international rights to Death of a Pilgrim, the latest hit Scandinavian drama series. The four-episode series is a coproduction between Danish public broadcaster DR and its Norwegian and Finnish counterparts NRK and YLE. Production company Chimney Pot and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Nordvision Fund were also partners […]