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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 and the operation of PAY TV channels abroad.

An overview of the ZDF Enterprises Group portfolio:

Year of Foundation Affiliate ZDFE Share General Management
2007 Acquired interest Bavaria Fiction GmbH 49 % Jan S. Kaiser, Manfred Haus-Pflüger
1999 Foundation doc.station Medienproduktion GmbH 100 % Jasmin Gravenhorst
2010 Founded Doclights GmbH 49 % Jörn Röver, Michaela Hummel
2001 Acquired interest (Founded 1992) Enterprises Sonor Musik GmbH 49 % Rolf Moser
2020 Fiction Magnet GmbH 49 % Eric Welbers, Matthias Walther
2002 Acquired interest Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH 74,9 % Alexander Hesse, Stefan Schneider
2015 HitchOn GmbH 13.9 % Sarah Kübler
2018 Intaglio Films GmbH 49 % Moritz von Kruedener, Robert Franke
2010 Foundation Mainstream Networks Holding GmbH & Co. KG 26 % Tim Werner
2019 Acquired interest (Founded 2012) NADCON Film GmbH 49 % Peter Nadermann
1998 Foundation Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH 100 % Wolfgang Cimera, Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Lasse Scharpen
2019 Acquired interest (Founded 1994) Off the Fence Holding B.V. 100 % Bo Stehmeier
2013 Acquired Interest Riverside Entertainment GmbH 49 % Peter Schönrock
2016 Streamwerke GmbH 100 % Nelly Oberherr
1999 Acquired interest Studio.TV.Film GmbH 50 % Milena Maitz, Falk Sanne
Shareholder since 2017 World Media Rights Ltd. 36.1 % Alan Griffiths
2000 Foundation ZDF Digital Medienproduktion GmbH 100 % Michael Kollatschny
2017 Foundation ZDF Service GmbH 100 % Angela Schöneberg