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|
|2017 Foundation||ZDF Service GmbH||100 %||Angela Schöneberg|