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‘Dina Foxx – Deadly Contact’ and ‘The Witness House’ receive awards at the BANFF World Media Festival

TV movies from ZDF Enterprises’ distribution catalogue are in great international demand

Mainz, 17th June 2015

Double success for ZDF and its global distributor, ZDF Enterprises: at the renowned BANFF World Media Festival in Canada, not one but two of the coveted Rockie Awards went to the ZDF group. The successful crossmedia TV and online format ‘Dina Foxx – Deadly Contact’, which had already won the International Digital Emmy, won the category ‘Interactive Fiction’. The moving historical TV movie  ‘The Witness House’ won the category ‘Made for TV Movie’.

Fred Burcksen, Executive Vice President and COO at ZDF Enterprises, “Receiving not one but two awards at the world’s most important international television festival demonstrates the high standard and innovative quality of the programme catalogue at ZDFE drama. We are particularly proud of the fact that we have earned this honour in a highly competitive, international environment.”

In the ground-breaking interactive TV and online thriller ‘Dina Foxx - Deadly Contact’, Dina attempts to halt an epidemic. In doing so, she enters into a ruthless battle between the food industry and political activists. Viewers were also able to immerse themselves in the thriller’s online world via the website alongside the TV experience. Three innovative online threads were combined there: series, game and 360° video investigation. The entire product was also available as an app.

The already multi-award-winning ZDF TV movie ‘The Witness House’(Gold World Medal at the New York Festivals and others)  tells the moving story, based on real events, of the ‘Zeugenhäuser’ (witness houses), in which victims and perpetrators lived under one roof during the Nuremberg Trials in 1945/1946. This ensemble drama with a top-class cast features the talents of Iris Berben and Matthias Brandt, among others.


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.

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
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


Das Team von "Dina Foxx - Tödlicher Kontakt" (v.l.n.r.): Marcus Schinkel als Biohacker Kilian Berger, Katharina Schlothauer als Dina Foxx, Natascha Hockwin als Dinas Freundin Maike und Tomas Sinclair Spencer als Dinas Kumpel Jason. COPYRIGHT: ZDF und Florian Wolf . +++ The team of "Dina Foxx - Deadly Contact" (from left to right): Marcus Schinkel as Kilian Berger, Katharina Schlothauer as Dina Foxx, Natascha Hockwin as Dina's friend Maike and Tomas Sinclair Spencer as Dina's pal Jason. COPYRIGHT: ZDF and Florian Wolf.