Fred Burcksen

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 […]

Walter Presents brings in first Italian drama

Walter Presents, the global television drama service that Channel 4 launched last year, has brought in its first Italian drama, Maltese, from ZDF Enterprises. Maltese is an eight-part series produced by Palomar, pubcaster RAI and Maze Pictures, which stars Kim Rossi Stuart and Rike Schmid. The series tells the story of a police detective who returns […]

RTVE takes ‘extensive’ ZDFE package

Spanish pubcaster RTVE has purchased an “extensive” package of telemovies from German distributor ZDF Enterprises. The deal includes classic titles such as A Summer in… and Katie Fforde, new telemovies such as Inspector Ms. Heller, Angel of Justice and Mommu Mafia. RTVE acquired a package of romantic telemovies, which led to market share ratings of […]

Size Matters for ZDFE, UK indie prodco

ZDF Enterprises has signed a development deal with UK indie Screen Glue for a science series featuring British director and television producer Jasper James. Size Matters will investigate why things are the size they are, asking questions such as why Earth is not the size of Jupiter and why people are not the size of […]

ZDF Enterprises gets new drama boss

ZDF Enterprises has recruited Robert Franke as vice president of its drama division. German pubcaster ZDF, and its commercial arm ZDFE, are mong the most active producers, coproducers and distributors of drama in Europe and played a key role in the international success of the Nordic Noir genre. Franke joins from on-demand service Viewster, where […]

ZDF inks deal with Trevor Eve’s UK indie

ZDF Enterprises has struck another first-look deal with a UK producer, this time linking up with Projector Pictures, British actor Trevor Eve’s indie. The agreement will see ZDFE, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, invest in Projector’s development slate and have first option on international rights to all of its upcoming projects. Waking the […]

2014 Year in Review, part two

What were the moments that defined 2014 for individual companies in the international TV space? In the second part of our three-part Year in Review special, we unearth the deals that mattered to those brokering them. The quality of programming in 2014 continued the recent trend that has seen TV become a prime source of […]

ZDFE signs Sky Living drama in Bonafide development deal

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has acquired global sales rights to upcoming UK drama Talking to the Dead, and scored a development deal with the show’s producer. 2x60mins Procedural Talking… is based on the Harry Bingham novel of the same name and will launch on BSkyB’s female-skewed Sky Living channel. It follows a wayward police officer […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Death of a Pilgrim

In February 2013, ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) secured international distribution rights to Death of a Pilgrim, a four-part crime drama from Swedish public broadcaster SVT. Aired to great acclaim in Sweden during January, the series will be introduced to buyers at MIPTV with a full international launch at MIPCOM. Fred Burcksen, chief operating officer of ZDFE, […]