H2O Mermaids Conquer the New World
Nickelodeon in the US secures rights to kids series 'H2O - Just Add Water'
Mainz, 6th March 2008
'H2O - Just Add Water', the live action series emanating from the long-time partnership between Jonathan M. Shiff Productions, ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and Network Ten has just been picked up by Nickelodeon in the US, it was announced today. ZDF Enterprises confirms that Nickelodeon's US channel has acquired the first 52 episodes of 'H2O' which was also nominated for Best Show at the first-ever Nickelodeon UK Kid's Choice Awards. The series was also the # 1 live action series on Nickelodeon UK in 2007.
"After the overwhelming success worldwide we are extremely pleased to see this show now on the leading US kids network," says Fred Burcksen, VP Distribution, Merchandising and Investments of ZDF Enterprises, "particularly because it is the first live action series ever acquired by Nickelodeon US."
"H2O is a great fit with our TEENick programming, with its hefty combination of aspirational adventure, magic, and great relatable characters," said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President Original Programming & Development, Nickelodeon Networks. "Nickelodeon viewers will fall in love with Emma, Cleo and Rikki as they adjust to their new-found powers while trying to keep two feet on the ground."
These days kids in over 120 territories around the world can already enjoy the series on a wide range of channels including France 2, RTI/Mediaset, Antena 3, Nickelodeon UK, Nickelodeon France, Nickelodeon Spain, Cartoon Network Latin America, Jetix Europe, ORF, YLE, NRK, KBS and TG4.
ZDF Enterprises will be offering the 3rd season of this hugely successful series in 2009.
**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 programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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 programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme 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 programme 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]
Nickelodeon, in its 28th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 96 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 13 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).