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Lasse Scharpen to become the third CEO of Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion

First task is establishment of "Studio Zentral" in Berlin

Mainz, 9th December 2019

Lasse Scharpen, 33, will take over as the new CEO of Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion, a subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises, on 1 April 2020. He will establish the Berlin site as the "Studio Zentral" brand and develop new fictional productions for the national and international market.

In 2010, while still studying at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television, Lasse Scharpen set up his own production company, through which he produced various films, including "Ugly & Blind" and "At Home" in conjunction with ZDF’s Das Kleine Fernsehspiel. He recently produced the series "Druck" and "Soko Potsdam" for ZDF, and the show "Deutscher", which has not yet aired. Most recently, Lasse Scharpen worked as a producer at Bantry Bay Productions in Berlin.

Commenting on his new role, Lasse Scharpen said, "Our industry is changing radically and the need for content is now seemingly endless. This makes it even more important to choose the right home and partner for your in-house productions. I think public service broadcasting is a great achievement, so I am delighted to be able to set up "Studio Zentral" in partnership with ZDF Enterprises and to be able to contribute even more relevant films and series to the wide range of programmes provided by ZDF and other channels and platforms in the future."

Fred Burcksen, President and CEO at ZDF Enterprises, commented, "We are delighted to have secured Lasse Scharpen for this challenging role. With his impressive creative skills, he is the ideal person to set up "Studio Zentral" for us. We are looking forward with excitement to the fresh momentum he will give to the production of high-quality, successful fiction."

Network Movie was founded in 1998 as a subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises GmbH. Under the management of Jutta Lieck-Klenke and Wolfgang Cimera, the company has become a leading provider of attractive, high-quality television films and TV series and it is now one of the most important fiction producers in the country.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in the year 1993 as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. During the course of the process of development and diversification to date, it has been possible to incorporate a large number of business activities within the television and media industry within the ZDF Enterprises Group. Consequently, today ZDF Enterprises can offer a comprehensive, full-service offer that covers every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from material development in all genres to production and then on to the marketing of television licenses, merchandising and online rights.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, phone +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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