‘Ku'damm 63’: ZDF Continues Family Saga of the Schöllack Dance School
UFA Fiction production will again be internationally distributed by ZDF Enterprises
Mainz, August 23rd, 2019
‘Ku'damm 63’ is the working title of ZDF’s three-parter, which shall continue the broadcaster's successful ‘Ku’damm’ series.
ZDF is working with production company UFA Fiction under the leadership of producers Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict (‘Generation War’, ‘Deutschland 83’, ‘Deutschland 89’) and creative producer Annette Hess (German Television Award for ‘Ku’damm 56’) and head writer Marc Terjung on the new screenplays covering the fate of Caterina Schöllack (Claudia Michelsen) and her three daughters Monika (Sonja Gerhardt), Helga (Maria Ehrich) and Eva (Emilia Schüle). Additional roles are played by Sabin Tambrea, Trystan Pütter, August Wittgenstein and Heino Ferch. Sabine Bernardi will direct 'Ku'damm 63'.
The family saga surrounding the Schöllack dance school began with ‘Ku’damm 56’ and its sequel ‘Ku’damm 59’, and portrayed a family story about the awakening of young people in the 1950s/1960s. After the ratings hit ‘Ku’damm 56’ in 2016, the sequel ‘Ku’damm 59’, broadcasted in March of 2018, continued its success. On average, 5.59 million viewers followed the family saga, amounting to a market share of 16.3 percent. The three-part series found a large audience on social media and catch-up platforms: the three parts of ‘Ku’damm 59’ have been viewed a total of 6.2 million times on the ZDF and 3sat catch-up portals. The first part is now the ZDF family’s most successful on-demand video of all time with 2.36 million views.
Both three-part series found international success: the saga of the Schöllack family has gripped viewers in more than 30 countries in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Americas and, especially, Europe. The series was also nominated for the iEmmy.
Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “‘Ku’damm 56’ and ‘59’ showed what it was like to live in Germany as a woman not so very long ago. The exciting and entertaining family saga brings all generations and genders to the screen. We are glad that ‘Ku’damm 63’ will now continue this successful production into the epoch of the early 1960s.”
About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for global distribution, international co-productions and licence purchasing, as well as the merchandising of strong programme brands in their own name, for ZDF and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the national and international stage. In a strong alliance, the company has the largest German-speaking programme library worldwide as well as an ever-growing inventory of international productions, comprising series and mini-series, TV films, documentaries and children’s programmes. Over the course of its development and diversification process to date, the ZDF Enterprises Group has developed numerous business areas in TV and media, meaning that today, ZDF Enterprises has the means to offer a comprehensive, full service covering every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from development and production to the marketing of TV licences, merchandising, online rights and much more.
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