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Eight nominations for ZDF Enterprises productions at 50th edition of Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Mainz, 17th May 2010

The Danish crime series "The Killing 2" and the German police series "Leipzig Homicide" have both been nominated for no fewer than four awards each at this year's Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which will be held in Monaco from 6 to 10 June.

In the category Best Drama Series, "The Killing 2" is competing for //Outstanding Actress – Drama TV Series// (Sofie Gråbøl), //Outstanding Actor – Drama TV Series// (Nicolas Bro), //Outstanding European Producer// (Piv Bernth) and //Outstanding International Producer// (Piv Bernth).

Coproduced by DR TV and ZDF Enterprises, "The Killing 2" is shaping up to be an even bigger hit than its first season, which was nominated for an International Emmy and pulled in shares of nearly 80 % on DR TV's premiere broadcast. The dark, urban, atmospheric police series features Sofie Gråbøl as an independent-minded police investigator who is not afraid of unmasking corruption at the highest levels of government and society, even when her own life is jeopardized.

Also competing in the same category is the police procedural "Leipzig Homicide," which has been nominated for //Outstanding Actors – Drama TV Series// (Andreas Schmidt-Schaller, Marco Girnth, Pablo Sprungala), //Outstanding Actress – Drama TV Series// (Melanie Marschke), //Outstanding European Producers// (Norbert Sauer, Jörg Winger) and //Outstanding International Producers// (Norbert Sauer, Jörg Winger).

The popular crime series "Leipzig Homicide" focuses on psychologically gripping cases that frequently involve the investigators over and beyond the call of duty. The series also reflects the increasing importance of coproducing with European and international partners, with showcase episodes filmed in Great Britain, Namibia, Turkey, Russia and the Caribbean.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals dedicated to the TV industry. Next to series such as "CSI" and "Desperate Housewives," the festival has also honored the ZDF Enterprises/DR TV production "The Eagle" in the recent past. Prince Albert II of Monaco has been the Honorary President of the Festival since 1988.

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**About ZDF Enterprises**
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 co-productions 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 recognized 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: [mailto:denilauler.c@zdf.de denilauler.c@zdf.de], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany