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Autumn launch for ZDF Enterprises’ new co-production 'Ancient Apocalypse'

Mainz, October 7th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises is the co-producer and global distributor for a new history series, Ancient Apocalypse (6 x 50'), produced by World Media Rights for Using scientific expertise, the series investigates the collapse of six of the world’s greatest civilisations.

Ralf Rueckauer, Vice President of ZDFE.unscripted, ZDF Enterprises, said: “Our partnership with World Media Rights has generated a number of outstanding productions, with Ancient Apocalypse being the latest. Their reputation for recreating historical moments, in depth research and compelling storytelling, has resulted in a series that will engage audiences everywhere.”

Uncovering the reasons why some of history’s most fascinating peoples have disappeared, Ancient Apocalypse investigates the end of the Akkadian Empire, the Lost City of Helike, Sodom, the mystery of the Sea Peoples, the Maya Civilisation and Doggerland. Whether buried under the earth, in the shade of the jungle or within the teeming industry of a modern city, the series explores these captivating stories to understand why something so great could all but vanish.

With production completed on Ancient Apocalypse, the title is now part of ZDF Enterprises’ impressive history catalogue that also includes the recently announced WW2 series Frontlines, The Abyss - Rise and Fall of the Nazis and Myths - The Great History of Humanities.


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 coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the 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), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, 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