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Banijay to represent ZDFE’s classic Wanna Bet? format

ZDF Enterprises and Banijay Group have agreed a worldwide format deal for classic Saturday night game show Wanna Bet?. Under the terms of the deal, Banijay will manage international sales of the 37 year-old format outside German-speaking Europe and the US. Wanna Bet? involves members of the public performing unusual, outrageous and often difficult tasks […]

TBI Weekly: Three moves that may chip at Netflix dominance

Moves to combat the Netflix-effect are high on the agenda for major broadcasters and networks this week. Three TV groups have laid out global streaming and content ambitions in the past seven days, including UK broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, European broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF, and US-based Discovery. We found that the […]

France Télévisions, Rai, ZDF drama pact takes on Netflix

European public broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF have unveiled the first projects to be developed under the rubric of an alliance announced yesterday at the Series Mania event in Lille to address the challenge posed by the likes of Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand providers. Earlier this week, France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte (pictured) […]

France Télévisions forges programming pact with ZDF

France Télévisions and Rai are to forge an alliance with ZDF that will encompass co-production, with the first projects to be unveiled at the Series Mania event in Lille on Thursday. The pact with Germany’s ZDF marks an extension of the alliance formed between the French and Italia public broadcasters last June, when the pair […]

Walter Presents heads down The River

On-demand service Walter Presents has acquired rights to new Norwegian drama The River in the UK, US and Australia. Canal+ in Poland, ZDF in Germany and Yandex in Russia have also bought the 8x60mins series, which UK-based DRG launched at MIPCOM last year. The River is based on real events and set in a close-knit […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

ProSiebenSat.1 wants new PSB regime & funding

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has called for public funding to be made available to commercial networks to support public service broadcasting that can “reach a larger number of young people”. Proposing what it described as Medienordnung 4.0 – or ‘Media Regulations 4.0’ – the broadcaster said that it hoped to prompt a discussion about the realignment […]

Hulu to stream ZDF ballet time-travel drama

US streaming service Hulu had acquired exclusive VOD rights to Find Me in Paris, the time-travel-meets-ballet drama from ZDF and Cottonwood Media. The series, which comes from Ride co-creators Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, will premiere in the US on the broadcast-backed VOD service as a result. Hulu has been making headlines in the past […]

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