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Death Across the Waves - The Drama of the Tsunami Floods

ZDF Archive offers outstanding exclusive footage material

Mainz / Germany, 27th January 2005

On 26th December 2004, horror gained a face of its own: within a matter of seconds the giant tsunami wave wreaked havoc with the lives of countless people across 5 countries. Today, the UN estimates the disaster cost the lives of 280,000 people, with a large number of children among the victims adding to the tragedy. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people are injured or homeless - and the fate of many of those still missing may never be established conclusively.

ZDF set itself the task of providing comprehensive information about this catastrophe: neutral, without sensationalism, and always reflecting the human dignity of those affected. At extremely short notice, the most successful TV fund-raising event in the world was organised and succeeded in raising 40.6 million euros for the victims of the flooding. As part of this TV event, ZDF broadcast comprehensive reports about the origins of tsunamis, the after effects of a tidal wave, the fate of secluded ethnic groups and the potential for crisis prevention.

We have now compiled into a broadcast ready clipreel, comprehensive reports from ZDF correspondents in the affected countries of Southeast Asia that also include exclusive amateur videos and computer animation sequences that illustrate underwater earthquakes and the shifting tectonic plates.

This worldwide exclusive ZDF material condenses many hours of reporting and is available by contacting the ZDF.archive Sales Team: tel: +49 (0)6131 991-328, fax +49 (0)6131-991259 or e-mail [].

Further information is available at [].


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 coproductions 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 recognised program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, 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