Round up: Netflix plunders ZDFE factual pirate original;  Eccho to shop Turkey’s ‘Chrysalis’; Beyond takes ‘Nina & Olga’ distribution rights

Netflix plunders ZDFE factual pirate original Netflix has picked up The Lost Pirate Kingdom, a new six-part factual series co-produced by ZDF Enterprises and its affiliate UK prodco World Media Rights. The series will debut globally on 15 March as a Netflix Original, with ZDF Enterprises distributing the new series worldwide outside of the territories […]

ZDF Enterprises launches drama joint venture with German prodco NDF

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has linked up with Germany’s Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft (NDF) to launch a new production company that will create drama for ZDFE’s parent broadcaster. FictionMagnet Produktions will develop and produce scripted product for ZDF from its base near Munich, with NDF CEOs, Eric Welbers and Matthias Walther, heading up the new company. Plans […]

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), […]

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 […]

Jasper James’ Screen Glue strikes ZDF deal

Jasper James’ indie prodco Screen Glue has inked a three documentary deal with ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF. The UK indie has a first-look deal with distributor DRG, as first reported by TBI, but this agreement builds on a pre-existing deal with ZDFE. Under the terms of the deal ZDFE will […]

ZDF cuts MHz Networks deal

US channel operator MHz Networks has snagged a 150-hour package from Germany’s ZDF Enterprises. The independent channels group has acquired a range of German and Swedish drama from ZDF’s commercial arm, including Kudamm 56 – Rebel With a Cause (pictured), the new drama from Deutschland 83 prodco UFA Fiction, which proved popular on ZDF in Germany […]

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 […]

ZDF sells 200hr docs package into China

ZDF Enterprises has cut a two-year deal with Chinese programmer and distributor LIC for two 100-hour packages of factual programming. LIC is a Chinese producer and distributor and also runs ten branded blocks that are carried on numerous Chinese TV channels. The deal with ZDFE, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster, gives LIC […]