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China stocks up on ZDF Enterprises factual programs

200 hours sold to LIC China

Mainz, 16 July 2013.

ZDF Enterprises has inked an extensive deal for the territory of China: LIC is acquiring altogether 200 hours of high caliber factual programming, 100 hours in 2013 and another 100 in 2014.

The Mainz-based German company will be licensing factual series (such as "Hard Time") and shows in all sub-genres to the Chinese giant. This includes programs from both the ZDF and ZDF Enterprises catalogues in the fields of History and Biographies, Current Affairs and Social Issues, Science and Knowledge, People and Places, and Wildlife and Nature.

In addition to airing ten branded programming blocks on over three hundred channels in China, LIC also functions as producer and provider of a wide range of other media-related services. The firm was established in 1994 to buy international documentaries to show on Chinese TV.

ZDF Enterprises' President and CEO Alexander Coridass: “Never before have we negotiated such an important deal with a Chinese partner. LIC has a long record of working with Western program providers, a fact that is particularly significant to us. As the Chinese market expands in leaps and bounds, we want to establish the best contacts possible with respectable partners such as LIC. We are convinced that our vast catalogue of high quality product will enable further deals with Chinese broadcasters and platforms.”

Leland Ling, CEO of LIC China, adds: ”Throughout of our 18 years purchasing western documentaries experience, this contract signed with ZDF Enterprises is the biggest package deal ever, and this is truly a remarkable milestone. In the next one or two years, these programs will be widely put out in Chinese language onto our syndication networks which cover 1,092 billion population across the mainland. In the past years, LIC has had many co-production deals with German companies. In 2013, we have 5 co-production/investment projects with German partners. This package deal contract with ZDF Enterprises brings us to a higher level of collaboration. I am sure many more milestones will be built up afterwards.”


About LIC
LIC China, established in 1994 as the agent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, now becomes a strong and solid corporation with eight companies in four cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney. Its business activities mainly include TV & film, advertising, publication and new media, and its core business is in TV and film industry. In audiovisual aspect, LIC China has been doing production, syndication and distribution both in domestic and international market places.
LIC uses its local knowledge, state of the art equipment and over 580 talents as well as its strong network of domestic and international contacts in the TV & film industry, and, act as co-producer/investor works with companies from USA, Canada, Germany, UK, Spain, Australia, France, Italy, Austria, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan, to ensure that it produces only the best programs. By today, LIC has established a lot more joint ventures with both domestic and international organizations. LIC China now is an entire media complex and reputable and reliable company group.

Contact LIC
Leland Ling (Chief Executive Officer of LIC China), Gymnasium, National Olympic Sports Centre, 1 An'ding Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China, tel.: +86 10-8202 3589, fax: +86 10-8202 3588, E-mail:,


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