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CuriosityStream acquires more than 56 hours of documentary material from ZDF Enterprises

Mainz, 8th September, 2016

ZDF Enterprises, one of the largest and most highly regarded distributors in Europe, is strengthening its relationship with CuriosityStream, the world’s first ad-free streaming documentary service.

ZDF Enterprises has delivered, to date, a total of 56.5 hours of astonishing documentaries for global streaming on CuriosityStream, where the best factual programming from filmmakers around the world can be enjoyed on demand, any time, streamed on any device.

Two of the programs are available now on CuriosityStream, with two more coming in the fall.

  • In two fifty-minute episodes, The Power of Volcanoes explores the events leading up to a volcanic eruption and ways these can be predicted. The documentary was produced by Cologne-based Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion, a company that has been making television programmes for both the German and the international market for more than 25 years. Available on CuriosityStream now.
  • The Celts form a large part of the ancestral stock of most of Western Europe, but we know relatively little about them. But for nearly a thousand years, they actively shaped the history of Europe. The Romans feared them, and yet they also learned the art of warfare from them. This three-part documentary series, The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice, produced by ZDF and BBC in association with arte, examines the life, work and struggles of these tribes. Available on CuriosityStream now.
  • Everyone knows the Jungle Book and the story of Mowgli who was raised by monkeys, but how close is this to reality? The fifty-minute documentary Children of the Wild, produced by ZDF in association with ZDF Enterprises, studies well-documented accounts of feral children and investigates plausible cases in India and Africa. Coming to CuriosityStream fall 2016.
  • The drama documentary World War A: The Human Chronicles looks into predictions made by the world’s leading scientists about an alien invasion of Earth. Genuine scientific theories and actual military defence plans are blended with harrowing video diaries shot by people during the alien invasion to give this series a unique perspective and look. Story House Productions is currently working on this fifty-minute documentary in association with ZDF Enterprises. Coming to CuriosityStream fall 2016.

Ralf Rueckauer, VP ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises: “ZDFE.factual and CuriosityStream are two partners who have a lot in common, especially the passion for high-end science, history specials and mini-series. Therefore, this collaboration is a perfect match for us.”

“CuriosityStream relies on the work of the best filmmakers and broadcasters in the world for quality science and history programs.  ZDF Enterprises has an impressive catalogue of programs of the highest editorial and production values,” said Steve Burns, Executive Vice President of Content Production and Acquisition for CuriosityStream.


About CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream is the world’s first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for documentary and nonfiction programming from the world’s best filmmakers, available on any device, for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per month. Focused on offering enriching, enlightening and enchanting content covering science, technology, civilization and the human spirit, CuriosityStream was founded by Discovery Communications founder, former chairman and media visionary John Hendricks. For more information, visit


About ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most highly regarded TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the international distribution of programmes, managing international co-productions, acquiring licences and merchandising strong programme brands in its own name, not only for ZDF but also for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent player on the German and international stage. As part of a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programmes in the world and also a steadily expanding portfolio of international productions, including series and mini-series, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programmes. Many business areas in television and media have been made accessible through the ZDF Enterprises group as part of the ongoing development and diversification activities. This allows ZDF Enterprises to provide a comprehensive, full-service package today, while covering every step in the production and distribution chain and supporting successful TV programmes from development to production, marketing TV licences, merchandising rights, online rights and much more besides.

Contact ZDF Enterprises

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
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany