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A+E Networks® and ZDF Enterprises extend long-term creative partnership agreement

New York/Mainz – November 8, 2013

A+E Networks and ZDF Enterprises today announced the renewal of their existing creative partnership for three years. The agreement dates back to 2005 and includes program acquisition and distribution representation components.

The agreement calls for the continuation of the top-rated ZDF HISTORY programming block which broadcasts on Sunday nights. The block is programmed under the editorial control of ZDF programmers with content provided by both ZDF and A+E Networks.

A second component of the agreement calls for ZDF Enterprises to continue its role as content sales representative for content from the A+E Networks’ catalogue to German-speaking Europe. ZDF Enterprises will represent several hours including the long running series, Modern Marvels®, episodes from the acclaimed series, Biography®, and other history programs.

HISTORY® and BIO® in Germany will continue to acquire local content from the ZDF Enterprises catalogue for broadcast.

“ZDF and ZDF Enterprises are important, long-standing partners with A+E Networks across several parts of our respective business operations,” said Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, Europe for A+E Networks. “We are very pleased to expand this strategic relationship which allows for growth for both our companies.”

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO, ZDF Enterprises: “AETN, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises are synonymous to high-caliber programming for audiences around the globe. We are very proud of this longstanding and fruitful partnership of global players in the most significant fields of the television industry. In this very competitive time of digital changes we are pleased that our close relationship with this successful and reliable partner is still going strong.”


About A+E Networks®
A+E Networks is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of the following networks and divisions: A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN™ (formerly Lifetime Movie Network®), bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime + Investigation™, Military HISTORY®, LRW™ (formerly Lifetime Real Women®), A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International™, A+E Networks Digital™ and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international co-productions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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Alexander Coridass (ZDFE), Marielle Zuccarelli (A+E), Sean Cohan (A+E), Ralf Rueckauer (ZDFE)