A&E Television Networks and ZDF Enterprises extend multi-faceted programming and co-production agreement
8 April, 2008, MIP TV 2008 – A&E Television Networks (AETN), parent company of History™, A&E® and BIO®, 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 new 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, The History Channel® in Germany will acquire local history programming from ZDF Enterprises for broadcast on its service, as well as biography and lifestyle programming for The Biography Channel®. Amongst the programs are the two-parter 'The Last Voyage of the Gustloff' about the largest disaster in naval history with a death toll of 9000 and the series 'Final Days of an Icon' which examines the lives of 13 historical figures and their deaths under mysterious circumstances.
Through a third component of the agreement, History (US) and ZDF Enterprises have extended their successful co-production partnership to produce nine 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, AETN International has named ZDF Enterprises as its syndication representative for German-speaking Europe for Modern Marvels. The longest running 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. Produced for History, the Modern Marvels catalogue features over 400 hours of programming.
Alexander Coridass, President and CEO, ZDF Enterprises: “The combination of AETN, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises programming expertise is 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 our relationship by appointing them as syndication representative for Modern Marvels in German-speaking Europe,” 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.”
History is the leading destination for revealing, award-winning, original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connects history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. The network offers this compelling content across platforms that include on-air and online.
**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 International**
A division of A&E Television Networks, AETN International markets the quality programming and proven success of The History Channel®, A&E®, BIO™, Crime & Investigation Network™ and The History Channel HD™ overseas. Through innovative local partnerships and affiliates, AETN International has expanded the presence of AETN channels and branded blocks around the world. In addition to licensing AETN channels, AETN International handles syndicated sales, format sales and short form sales for broadband and mobile of programs from the A&E and The History Channel catalog to international broadcasters. AETN channels and programs are now available in more than 141 countries to over 250 million TV households. AETN International has offices in New York, London and Singapore. The AETN International website is located at [http://www.AETNinternational.com www.AETNinternational.com].
At MIP TV, AETN International is located at booth G3.18.
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