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Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause convinces buyers of this year’s MIPTV

Three-parter becomes talk of media trade fair

Mainz, 21 April 2016

After garnering 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%) – “Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause” has already successfully secured a place for itself on the international market at this year’s MIPTV.

“Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause” was screened for the first time (and as sole German-language contribution) to 350 international buyers and press representatives as one of only 12 high-end, international drama series from around the world at the inaugural MIPDrama Screenings.

“We’re pleased with the stupendous interest that our program ‘Ku’ damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’ has triggered,” adds Fred Burcksen, Executive Vice President and COO of ZDF Enterprises.

Among the first buyers of the three-parter were broadcasters from the U.S. and Denmark. ZDF Enterprises is currently negotiating with interested parties from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Great Britain, France, the Benelux countries as well as Slovakia. Further major markets that have announced a strong interest are Eastern and Western Europe as well as Latin America. Moreover, format rights are also in demand. “The interest of a major European station in the remake rights hints at great things to come for this wonderfully adaptable format,” Fred Burcksen was pleased to report.

Generally, and the way ZDF Enterprises sees it, MIPTV’s “Focus on Germany” and its closely related events contributed to highlighting German productions on the international market.

“We can look back with satisfaction to MIPTV 2016, and we will continue to serve the unbroken international demand for high-end drama productions such as ‘Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’, ‘The Team’, ‘Blochin’ and many others,” summarizes Fred Burcksen.


About the Production
The setting for the major ZDF three-parter “Ku'damm 56” – Rebel With a Cause” is the “Galant” dance school on the Kurfürstendamm. In a time of strict conventions and rigid attitudes, owner Caterina Schöllack tries to find the best suitor to marry her daughters. Her daughter Monika, however, notably resists the path laid down for her and also discovers rock ‘n' roll.

The idea and screenplay of the three-parter come from Annette Hess; Sven Bohse directed. Leading parts are played by Sonja Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Ehrich and Emilia Schüle, with Heino Ferch, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Trystan Pütter, Sabin Tambrea, August Wittgenstein and others in supporting roles. This family drama is a UFA FICTION production on behalf of ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. It is produced by Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict as well as the producer Marc Lepetit. The editorial team at ZDF consists of Bastian Wagner, Anna Boßlet and Heike Hempel. ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the global distribution.


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

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