Robert Franke

Fuji TV and ZDFE unveil soccer-themed drama set In UK

Japanese broadcaster Fuji Television has unveiled plans for a ground-breaking scripted co-production with ZDF Enterprises called The Window. Created by UK writer James Payne, the 10-part series will be set in London during the football player transfer window that takes place before the start of each English Premier League season. The story will focus on […]

Game of Thrones producer creates prodco with Beta & ZDF

Germany’s Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) have joined forces with Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger to create a new drama business for the international market. Intaglio Films will operate as a joint venture out of Berlin, and will aim to develop, finance and produce English-language programming. Doelger (left), who is known for executive […]

ZDFE packaging ‘envelope-pushing’ drama

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) is working with LA’s Rosa Entertainment to package an “envelope-pushing” drama from Jason and Chris Thornton. The commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF has pre-bought The Incorruptibles, and will handle international distribution. Rosa’s Sidney Sherman is executive producer, alongside ZDFE’s Robert Franke and the Thornton brothers, who are both writer/directors. The […]

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 […]