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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 […]

Netflix inks exclusive kids deal with ZDF

Netflix has picked up exclusive rights to kids series Mako Mermaids from ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster. The live-action series is a follow-up to ZDFE-distributed hit kids series H20 – Just Add Water, which has also proved popular on Netflix in North America, Latin America and Europe. Both shows are […]

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 […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Death of a Pilgrim

In February 2013, ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) secured international distribution rights to Death of a Pilgrim, a four-part crime drama from Swedish public broadcaster SVT. Aired to great acclaim in Sweden during January, the series will be introduced to buyers at MIPTV with a full international launch at MIPCOM. Fred Burcksen, chief operating officer of ZDFE, […]