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When ZDF Enterprises was founded it became the cornerstone of a commercial network that would contribute to the strengthening of the ZDF Group by means of timely and targeted activities, both starting new companies and acquiring interests in existing ones. In this process we adhere to the following principles:

  • The creation and safeguarding of a core enterprise with program and media independence, in view of increasing concentration in the media industry,
  • The acquisition of media expertise, especially in the sectors of production, marketing and development,
  • Appropriate and equitable involvement in added value primarily generated or initiated by ZDF, and
  • Intensification of co-operation between and involvement with major talent in the ZDF Group who have contributed significantly to the creation of the ZDF image.

To date, via subsidiaries and participating interests, ZDF Enterprises has been able to develop production capacities in the key program sectors of fiction, documentaries and children’s programs.

In addition, the strengthening and extension of exploitation activities has been achieved, e. g. in the music sector, in DVD publishing and the operation of PAY TV channels abroad.

An overview of the ZDF Enterprises Group portfolio:

Year of Foundation Affiliate ZDFE Share General Manager
2007 Acquired interest Bavaria Fiction GmbH 49 % Jan S. Kaiser, Manfred Haus-Pflüger
1999 Foundation doc.station Medienproduktion GmbH 100 % Carim Aadam
2010 Founded Doclights GmbH 49 % Jörn Röver, Michaela Hummel
2001 Acquired interest (Founded 1992) Enterprises Sonor Musik GmbH 49 % Rolf Moser
2002 Acquired interest Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH 74,9 % Alexander Hesse, Stefan Schneider
2010 Foundation Mainstream Networks Holding GmbH & Co. KG 26 % Gottfried Zmeck, Tim Werner
1998 Foundation Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktionen GmbH & Co. KG 100 % Wolfgang Cimera, Jutta Lieck-Klenke
2013 Foundation Spark GmbH 50 % Patrick Hörl
1999 Acquired interest Studio.TV.Film GmbH 45 % Albert Schäfer, Milena Maitz
2000 Foundation ZDF Digital Medienproduktion GmbH 100 % Carim Aadam
1999 Foundation ZDF Medienprojekte-Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG 100 % Nicole Semmelsberger