ZDF links with Sweden’s leading indie for drama

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has inked a development deal with Sweden’s largest indie producer Tre Vänner. The multiyear deal will see ZDFE sell new Tre Vänner series internationally. It has had success in recent years distributing Scandi drama, recently adding Death of a Pilgrim to its sales offering. Projects […]

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 […]

Factual sales for Tricon

Canada’s Tricon Films & Television has sold more than 100 hours of factual and documentary content. Among the sales, ZDF in Germany and SBS’s Australian arts channel Studio have bought the 11x60mins Metal Evolution, with the latter also buying 2x60mins Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which is about the titular cult rock band and one-hour doc […]

News Brief: ZDF launches short film portal

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has launched a new short film site called Contunico. The portal, which ZDFE launched at the MIPTV in Cannes, includes thousands of clips and short films averaging one to four minutes in length. The site’s content is structured by categories, collections and new clips and […]

Broadcasters line up for Horrid Henry

A raft of broadcasters have acquired animated kids series Horrid Henry. The show is produced by UK indie Novel Entertainment and distributed by Zodiak Rights. It has sold it to ERT in Greece, Mediacorp in Singapore, NRK in Norway, Pro Plus in Slovenia and Noga in Israel. Cartoon Network Asia Pacific, ZDF Germany and Digiturk […]

ZDF Enterprises restructures, ups Burcksen

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster ZDF, has restructured its business and promoted Fred Burcksen to COO. Under the new structure, ZDFE will organise its business across four divisions. Peter Lang will run ZDFE.junior, which will sell kids and youth-skewed content. Scripted content will fall under the ZDFE.drama division, which will […]

Seven Network buys Woodlies special

Australian free-to-air network Seven has acquired a feature-length instalment of animated property The Woodlies. Seven Network has already aired the regular The Woodlies animated series. It will air the The Woodlies Movie in late February. The animated property, about a group of trolls and based on the Cornelia Funke novel No Cookies for Troll, is […]

Netflix ramps up Nordic kids site following Little Princess purchase

Netflix is ramping up its kids content on its recently launched Scandinavian service after striking a deal to acquire Zodiak Kids’ animated series Little Princess. The online streaming service has acquired the subscription video-on-demand rights to the first 30x11mins series of the show. It will launch it as part of its Just For Kids package. […]

ZDF expanding pay TV channel activities after Romantic success

ZDF Enterprises says it is talking to platform operators in Europe about extending the distribution of its joint venture channel Romance TV. ZDFE, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster, took a stake in channel operator Mainstream Networks last April and its Romance TV channel launched on cable in Poland last September. The channel […]

Gruppe 5 hires ZDF factual chief Alexander Hesse

German docudrama producer Gruppe 5 has hired former ZDF factual chief Alexander Hesse as managing director. The company produces series including ZDF’s Die Deutschen (The Germans), RTL medieval TV movie The Nibelungs and a ten part series based on the life of Alexander The Great. Hesse was previously chief editor of the Department of History […]