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A&E Television Networks and ZDF Enterprises extend multi-faceted programming and co-production agreement

6. April, 2011, MIPTV 2011

A&E Television Networks (AETN) and ZDF Enterprises today announced the renewal of their existing programming and co-production deal for three years.  The agreement, originally reached in 2005, includes co-production and program acquisition components, as well as a syndication representation deal.

The agreement calls for ZDF Enterprises to acquire non-fiction programming from AETN International’s HISTORY® catalogue for the top-rated ZDF History programming block, which broadcasts weekly on Sunday nights.  The block is programmed under the editorial control of ZDF programmers with content provided by both ZDF and History (US).

In addition, HISTORY in Germany will acquire local history programming from ZDF Enterprises for broadcast on its service, as well as biography and lifestyle programming for BIO®.

Through a third component of the agreement, History (US) and ZDF Enterprises have extended their successful co-production partnership to produce contemporary and ancient history programs over the next three years for broadcast on ZDF in Germany and on HISTORY in the United States.

In the final part of the deal, ZDF Enterprises will continue to serve as the syndication representative for German-speaking Europe for Modern Marvels.  The longest running HISTORY series on the history of technology, Modern Marvels covers some of the world’s most amazing architectural and engineering structures, scientific discoveries and social wonders.  These are the stories of the visionaries who defied the commonplace with their extraordinary creations.

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.”

“ZDF Enterprises has been an important production and distribution partner for AETN through the years, and we are very pleased to extend this multi-faceted agreement,” said Sean Cohan, Sr. Vice President, International, AETN. “This strategic relationship has always been beneficial to both parties and I have no doubt the partnership will continue to thrive.”

About ZDF Enterprises

Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

At MIP TV, ZDF Enterprises is located at booth 21.02 - 23.01.

About AETN

A division of A&E Television Networks, LLC, AETN International markets the quality programming and proven success of HISTORY®, A&E®, Lifetime, Bio®, Crime & Investigation Network™, Military History™, HISTORY HD™, Bio HD™ and Crime & Investigation Network HD™ overseas. Through innovative local partnerships, AETN International has expanded the presence of AETN channels and branded blocks around the world. In addition to licensing AETN channels, AETN International handles content sales, format sales and broadband and mobile licensing of content from the A&E and HISTORY catalogues to international broadcasters. AETN channels and programs are now available in more than 150 countries to over 250 million TV households. AETN International has offices in New York, London and Singapore. The AETN International website is located at

At MIP TV, AETN International is located at booth G3.18

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For AETN International:
Kerri Tarmey, +1 646 643 5737

Celine Xerri-Brook, +44 (0)797 334 228

For ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler, +49 152-53771965


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

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