'H2O – Just Add Water' Awarded a Logie, the Australian Television Prize
Launch of the 3rd series and new B2C microsite for MIPCOM 2009
The live action series 'H2O - Just Add Water' has just won the Logie Award 2009 in Melbourne in the category Most Outstanding Children's Programme. The Logie Award is one of the biggest television prizes in Australia. The winners, in a total of 23 categories, are chosen by readers of the Australian magazine TV Week.
The half-hour program for children, teenagers and families is produced by Australia's Jonathan M. Shiff Productions and co-produced by the Australian broadcaster Network TEN, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide marketing of all rights (except for Australia and New Zealand) and will launch the third series at MIPCOM 2009 in Cannes. This event will also see the instigation of a new, optimized B2C site for the production, which will be available for licensing in the relevant territories by purchasers of the rights.
'H2O - Just Add Water' is among the most successful ZDF and ZDF Enterprises co-productions of recent years and has already won a large number of awards, including the Australian Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in 2008. Young viewers in 143 countries all around the world are able to enjoy this series, which is broadcast by channels including ZDF, Network TEN and the Disney Channel in Australia, France 2, RTI / Mediaset, Antena 3, Nickelodeon in the USA, Great Britain, France and Spain, Cartoon Network Latin America, Jetix Europe, ORF, YLE, NRK, KBS and TG4.
The licensing and merchandising of 'H2O - Just Add Water', one of the best-selling product packages, enjoys particular success in Australia, Great Britain, France, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Romania and Benelux, where the whole repertoire of fan items accompanying the program is already on the market.
Filming of the third series on the Australian Gold Coast, with 26 new episodes of 'H2O - Just Add Water', has recently been completed. In addition to the familiar mermaids played by Cariba Heine (Rikki) and Phoebe Tonkin (Cleo), the talents of Indiana Evans have been secured for the third series. This young Australian star has stepped in to replace Claire Holt (Emma) as the third mermaid. Indiana Evans has achieved fame in Britain and Australia in the series Home and Away, which is broadcast twice daily on Channel 5 and is proving to be increasingly successful.
**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:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].