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Bonafide signs development deal with ZDF Enterprises

German distributor to handle worldwide sales of indie's new drama 'Talking To The Dead'

Newcastle Upon Tyne/London/Mainz, 29th July 2013

Up and coming independent production company Bonafide Films has inked a development deal with international distributor ZDF Enterprises. The German-based company have also acquired the international distribution rights to Bonafide’s new two-part drama for Sky Living, 'Talking To The Dead'.

As part of the new development deal ZDF Enterprises will provide financial investment, in the form of international co-production agreements, acquisitions and licensing deals, for Bonafide Films’ new productions and will distribute the content internationally. The partnership will look to develop fresh, bold drama and comedy series for UK and international broadcasters.

The deal was brokered by Margery Bone for Bonafide Films and Tasja Abel and Karoline Meichsner-Sertl from ZDF Enterprises.

Margery Bone, Executive Producer and co-founder of Bonafide Films, said: "We are huge fans of ZDF Enterprises' work on quality crime shows such as 'The Bridge' and 'The Killing' and their expert network for international distribution. We very much share the same taste in captivating, high-end productions, so we're tremendously pleased to be working together on 'Talking to the Dead' for Sky Living in the UK - and for this relationship to now extend into a development one is a very exciting opportunity for us."

Fred Burcksen, Chief Operating Officer at ZDF Enterprises, said: "Bonafide Films is a very promising company with great talent attached. There is a great fit with their development focus and the ZDF Enterprises catalogue, and we very much look forward to working together."


About Bonafide Films

Bonafide Films was founded by comedy writer and performer Sacha Alexander and TV and film producer Margery Bone, backed by investment from Northern Creative Content Fund in 2010. The indie is quickly establishing itself as one of the UK’s most exciting comedy and drama producers with offices in Newcastle and London.

The indie's latest production 'Talking To The Dead', a co-production between Bonafide Films and Warp Films for Sky Living, tells the modern story of wayward police officer, DC Fiona Griffiths, who suffers from a secret history of Cotard's Syndrome; a mental illness which has left her with a deep and peculiar empathy for the dead. The thriller is an adaptation of Harry Bingham’s novel of the same name and stars Sophie Rundle, Russell Tovey and Keith Allen.

Bonafide Films' slate includes drama and feature projects with writers such as Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Men Who Stare at Goats), Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, Silk) and Jay Basu (Monster 2) as well as a wealth of up and coming drama and comedy talent. Working with the indie across the drama slate is Elwen Rowlands, producer of 'Talking To The Dead.'

Bonafide Films is also in development on an original comedy series for UKTV in co-production with Baby Cow productions, written by Sacha Alexander and Andrew Milligan.

Contact Bonafide Films
Cristina Dunn at PREMIER


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 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