Brisk sales for ZDF Enterprises at MIPCOM
Great demand for German crime series and romance
Cannes, 6th October 2010
"More than satisfactory" is how ZDF Enterprises CEO Alexander Coridass qualified the deals inked or under negotiation just a few days into the TV-industry trade fair MIPCOM in Cannes. The ZDF subsidiary is proud of the positive response elicited clear across the board for its programs.
One of the most striking trends at this fall’s MIPCOM is the great demand for German crime series. The suspenseful, well-crafted series with superior production values satisfy an ever greater need for whodunits in various formats. The critically-acclaimed "KDD" sold to Latin America, Canada, the U.S. and Portuguese-speaking countries (Eurochannel). "The Fifth Commandment" will be seen in Spain (AXN), Italy (Mediaset) and Hispanic America (V-me). Spain's AXN also acquired "Cologne PD" and "Hamburg Dockland." Finland's YLE chose "Stuttgart Homicide" and "Siska," and the list goes on. So far, sales of German police thrillers total about 240 commercial hours.
ZDF Enterprises' new "factual series" have gotten off to a good start with "Licence to Drill" being snapped up by Discovery UK and "Delta Divers" by the UK's Five TV. Docs continue to do well as one of the mainstays of ZDF Enterprises' catalogue. Eight documentaries have been acquired by Australia and the UK, seven by Italy, ten by German-language countries, 16 by Far Eastern nations and over 80 hours by Greece (Hellenic Parliament Channel).
Lovingly made, high-quality romances always find an appreciative public, and this fall romantic TV movies have attracted the interest of buyers from Switzerland (Pilcher), Estonia (Pilcher and Lindström), Germany (the Bastei Collection), Belgium's RTBF (over 20 TV movies) and France's TF1 (8 TV movies). Noteworthy is the sale of the first 250 episodes of "Julia – Way to Happiness" to Persia 1 for the Middle East, and episodes 501-789 of Estonia's Kanal 2.
Among the most successful children’s series are the ever-popular mermaids of Australia's "H2O – Just Add Water." All available episodes have been picked up by Spain's Antena 3, Germany’s Turner, Poland’s MSZ and the Ukraine's 1 plus 1. Another hit Australian series is "Dance Academy," which should trigger a wave of interest in classical and modern dance in Switzerland (SF), Belgium (Vitaya) and, not surprisingly, in Latin America (Cartoon Network). All 104 episodes of the new 3D animated series "The Jungle Book," the first joint production of ZDF Enterprises and India's DQ Entertainment, have been acquired by Disney for Spain and Portugal.
**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: [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].