ZDF Enterprises


RTÉ, Acorn partner with ZDFE and TV2 Norway on dramedy

Irish pubcaster RTÉ and AMC Networks-backed Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have partnered to commission a comedy-drama series that also has Germany’s ZDF Enterprises and TV2 Norway onboard. The South Westerlies is from Dublin-based Deadpan Pictures and is set in a small coastal town in the south-west of Ireland that is earmarked for a Norwegian-owned wind […]

Turkcell enters ‘Wild District’ after striking first ZDFE deal

Turkish telecoms company and broadcaster Turkcell has SVOD acquired rights to 10-part drama Wild District as part of its first deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE). The 10 x 60 minute show, which is co-produced by Narcos producer Dynamo (The Hidden Face) and ZDFE, was created by Cristian Conti and directed by Javier Fuentes-León with Carlos […]

Japan’s NHK acquires UK kids show ‘The Worst Witch’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) for UK children’s live-action show The Worst Witch. NHK, which will dub the series using a cast of local Japanese actors, has acquired the first two seasons for its educational network E-Tele Channel. The series is based on the eponymous children’s fictional works by […]

Quintus picks up OTF factual package

Germany’s Quintus Media has picked up a raft of programming for its YouTube channel Free Documentary from ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE)-owned Off The Fence (OTF). The package includes more than 40 hours of factual programming including OTF Productions’ Supercars: The Million Pound Motors (1 x 60 minutes), Forever Young (1 x 60 minutes) from Tell Tale […]

CuriosityStream pre-buys ZDF’s ‘Planet of Treasures’

CuriosityStream has pre-bought six one-hour documentary series Planet of Treasures – A History of Mankind from ZDF Enterprises. In the doc, the distinguished Cambridge historian Sir Christopher Clark (The Story of Europe) takes us on a world tour of man-made masterpieces, cultural achievements, and miracles of nature such as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient […]

Sales round-up: PBS Int’l scores with moon landing; ZDFE sells drama into China

PBS scores international sales for moon landing doc The commercial arm of the US public broadcaster has secured a raft of sales for Chasing The Moon, with 12 broadcasters including the BBC and France and Germany’s ARTE signing on for the 6 x 60-minute doc series. The film has also been acquired by SBS (Australia), VPRO (Netherlands), […]

ZDF & Hong Kong’s PCCW strike first drama deal

ZDF Enterprises and Hong Kong’s PCCW have signed drama deal for the first time. The pact will see titles such as Hamburg Homicide, a crime series produced by ZDF subsidiary Network Movie for ZDF’s broadcast network, will make an appearance in Hong Kong. Swedish cop series Before We Die, produced by A B-Reel Films production, […]

Off the Fence rejigs management structure

Two months after its acquisition by Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), specialist factual distributor Off the Fence has rejigged its exec structure. Ralf Rückauer, VP of ZDFE Unscripted, is to lead the distributor as joint CEO, sharing the role with Off the Fence founder Ellen Windemuth with immediate effect. The German business bought the 25-year-old distributor outright […]

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