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Change in General Management of Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion

Stefan Schneider joins the General Management

Cologne, 12th January 2016

After 22 years in office, Christel Fomm, the founding member of Gruppe 5, resigned from her duties at Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion at the end of 2015. Along with Alexander Hesse, Stefan Schneider will now be heading the company’s business affairs as general Manager. He has worked as a writer, director and producer with a focus on science and nature documentaries since 1998. Stefan Schneider is looking forward to the new challenge: “After many exciting years as part of the great team of Gruppe 5, I am looking forward to the responsibility of co-managing the company.” Christel Fomm will continue assisting Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion’s future task as a writer, director and producer for the company. Alexander Hesse: “I would like to thank Christel Fomm for her excellent and trustful collaboration on the executive board. She has judiciously shaped the company and I am delighted that we can continue to benefit from her experience and creative force. With Stefan Schneider, a recognised filmmaker and successful producer is taking over her post; someone who is very familiar with the company and has an excellent network of international industry links.”

Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion was founded in 1989 and mainly produces documentaries and non-fictional program for public broadcasters in Germany. It most recently created “Germany’s Cities” and “Super Talent Man” (Terra X), the theme nights with host Maybrit Illner as well as the two-part series and winner of the Bavarian Television Award “Hunger!” and “Thirst” for German public broadcaster ZDF. In 2015, the Cologne-based company produced “Giant of the North - Hamburg’s Ascent to Become a World Port” for NDR and ARTE, the docudrama “The Primus - Franz Josef Strauss” for BR, “The History of the Southwest” for SWR and “The Magnificent Ten” for ZDFneo.    


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.

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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


Stefan Schneider, Geschäftsführer / General Manager Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH