ZDF Enterprises


ZDFE adds former Red Arrow exec for acquisitions, sales in English-language & Scandinavia

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has appointed former Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) exec Yi Qiao as director of its drama acquisitions and sales operations in Scandinavia and English-speaking territories. Qiao most recently worked for RASI as senior sales manager in London and oversaw deals for the company in the UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, Middle East and Africa. […]

ZDFE preps scripted-focused Studio Zentral, names CEO

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has appointed Lasse Scharpen to head up a new scripted division it is launching. Scharpen will become a co-CEO at ZDFE’s Network Movie Film and TV Production and will be responsible for its new banner Studio Zentral, which will develop fictional productions for the national and international market. Most recently, Scharpen […]

Former Netflix exec Eric Barmack links with ZDFE, Werner Film for Australian adaptation

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), Werner Film Productions and Wild Sheep Content – the prodco launched by Netflix’s former head of global originals – have struck a development deal for a young adult scripted series. On The Jellicoe Road is being jointly developed by the three parties, with the proposed show based on the eponymous novel […]

Off The Fence hires Leila Monks as head of commissioning

ZDF Enterprises-backed Off The Fence has hired Leila Monks in the newly created role of head of commissioning, through which she will build out the distributor’s production arm. The former TVF International and Zig Zag exec – who set up her own production label, Antidote Productions, in 2014 – is to work across development, production […]

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 […]

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