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Japanese Streaming Service U-NEXT acquires ZDF Enterprises’ drama highlights ‘Wild District’, ‘Ku’damm 56’ and ‘Ku’damm 59’

Mainz, July 10th, 2019

Japan’s streaming platform U-NEXT has acquired exclusive SVoD rights to the popular drama series ‘Wild District’ (10x60’), ‘Ku’damm 56’ (3x90’ or 6x45’) and ‘Ku’damm 59’ (3x90’ or 6x45’) from ZDF Enterprises.

‘Wild District’ is produced by Dynamo (‘The Hidden Face’, ‘Undertow’) in co-production with ZDF Enterprises. Dynamo also provided production services to such high-profile projects as Netflix’s  ‘Narcos’ and ‘American Made’ starring Tom Cruise.

Created by Cristian Conti and directed by Javier Fuentes-León and Carlos Moreno, the series stars Juan Pablo Raba (‘Narcos’, ‘Six’, ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’). ‘Wild District’ blends pure drama and action to tell the story of a man who escapes the Colombian armed conflict only to find himself facing a private war on two fronts.

The family saga ‘Ku’damm 56’ and its sequel ‘Ku’damm 59’ is a family story about the awakening of young people in the 1950s, commissioned by German Pubcaster ZDF and produced by UFA Fiction with renowned producers Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict (‘Generation War’, ‘Deutschland 83’, ‘Deutschland 89’) at the helm.

It garnered top ratings with ZDF’s premiere German broadcast – the finale of the three-parter was seen by 6.35 million viewers (Market Share 19.6%) and were nominated for the iEmmys. The screenplays were written by Annette Hess (German Television Award for ‘Ku’damm 56’). Starring in the series, directed by Sven Bohse, are Sonja Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Ehrich, Emilia Schüle, Trystan Pütter, Sabin Tambrea and others.

Jeffrey Shimamoto, Head of International Business Development for U-NEXT: “ZDF Enterprises’ vision for powerful storytelling is unmatched. We are extremely grateful to be able to work with such a strong partner in Germany to bring some of the best global content to U-NEXT as we continue our dominance in the international scripted series genre in Japan”.

Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama for ZDF Enterprises: “We are thrilled to have these two great shows on the fastest-growing streaming platform in Japan. It is an honor to be working with U-NEXT and we are looking forward to our future cooperation“.


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: ,

About U-NEXT Co., Ltd.

U-NEXT CO., LTD. (U-NEXT) is the largest combined premium video-on-demand and mobile MVNO telecom service in Japan. With over 150,000 films & TV shows encompassing 13 different genres, U-NEXT, together with its animation service Anime Houdai, currently sits 2nd in Japanese domestic market share for subscription video distribution. U-NEXT was launched in 2007 as parent USEN Corporation’s video distribution business GyaO NEXT, which was later rebranded and spun-off as an independent business. Just 7 years later, U-NEXT was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Mother's Market and in 2016, transitioned to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Contact U-NEXT Co., Ltd.
Jeffrey Shimamoto (Head of International Business Development), U-NEXT Co., Ltd., Meguro Central Square 9F, 3-1-1 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021, Japan, Tel.: +81 90-9688-2173, 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


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