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BAFTA for ZDF Enterprises-coproduction "The Killing"

Mainz, 23 May 2011.

The hit Danish-German coproduction "Forbrydelsen" / "The Killing" / "Kommissarin Lund – Das Verbrechen" was awarded a BAFTA in the category "International Series" in London yesterday, 22 May 2011. The successful DR TV / ZDF / ZDF Enterprises production topped its competitors "Mad Men," "Glee" and "Boardwalk Empire." The BAFTA awards number among the most highly prized distinctions of the film and TV industry in Europe and around the world.

The series was developed by the Danish broadcaster DR-TV (Piv Bernth and Sören Sveistrup) and produced with ZDF's "Hauptredaktion Reihen und Serien" (Klaus Bassiner, Wolfgang Feindt) in association with ZDF Enterprises' Office of Program Development (producer Peter Nadermann). In this outstanding miniseries, Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) investigates the brutal murder of a 19-year-old schoolgirl in Copenhagen. With over a thousand minutes of narrative time, during which the case unfolds in 20 consecutive days, the format has set new dramaturgical standards. ZDF Enterprises handles the international sales.

After two nominations for International Emmys in the categories "Best Series" and "Best Female Lead" in 2008, this award now adds to the international success of the series. Next to solid ratings on BBC4, where the series was shown in the original Danish with English subtitles, the series also obtained extremely positive reviews and reports in newspapers such as "The Guardian", "The New York Times" and in the trade press. The DVD publication was the most successful launch of a TV series to date this year, and the sales figures surpassed such current releases as "Glee" and "The Simpsons." A remake of the series was recently produced for the cable broadcaster AMC in the U.S.

Two seasons of the series have already been aired on ZDF; the first season scored an average rating of 2.79 million viewers for a 15.1 % market share. The second season was watched by an average of 2.9 million viewers for a market share of 14%. The third and last season of the DR-TV / ZDF / ZDF Enterprises coproduction is currently being developed. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Denmark in August.


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.

Contact ZDF Enterprises

Christine Denilauler (Director of 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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