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“Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause” is a Real Crowd-Puller

6.35 million watched the final episode of the ZDF Three-Parter

Mainz, 29th March 2016

With 6.35 million viewers and a market share of 19.6 percent, the final episode of the three-parter “Ku'damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause” was the day’s most watched program on German television on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016 and helped ZDF achieve the top spot in the hearts of the audience with a overall daily market share of 14.4 percent. Over 7 million viewers watched at the peak time and yet again caused a significant increase in the market share: part 1 on Saturday evening watched by 5.57 million viewers (15.3 percent market share), part 2 followed on Monday with 5.78 million and a market share of 17.3 percent.

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “As a co-producer, we are pleased with this success and are also very proud that this program puts us among the very best on the international scene. “Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause” is the only German program among the 12 finalists from around the world for the “MIPDrama Screenings Buyers ‘Coup de Cœur’ Award” at MIPTV in Cannes”.

“Ku'damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause” also attracted a lot of attention in ZDF's online service Mediathek, where the first two episodes had already achieved over 300,000 viewings in the first 3 days, not including the mobile use of the Mediathek, usually achieves another 50 percent of the total number of video hits. 

The setting for this 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 and it was directed by Sven Bohse. 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 and the editorial team at ZDF are 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

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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