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National Geographic Channel U.S. acquires ZDF Enterprises high-end documentaries

Mainz, 13th March 2008

ZDF Enterprises is delighted to announce an important sale to the National Geographic Channel U.S. (NGC-US) including two widely acclaimed China documentaries produced by Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion for ZDF and ZDF Enterprises, 'China's Great Wall' and 'China's First Emperor', as well as 'The Real Neanderthal Man'.

"Shot in HD and with multi-million-dollar budgets, the two China documentaries were co-produced with NGC-US's global sister network, National Geographic Channels International, and reflect the highest standards in documentary-making," says Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises' Vice President Distribution, Merchandising and Investments. "The truly exceptional quality of these programs benefited from exclusive cooperation with China Central Television, which provided access to intriguing material, lavish sets and costumes, abundant personnel and technology. And the collaboration with NGCI ensured the highest degree of accuracy and exceptional story telling, as with any National Geographic production. 'The Real Neanderthal Man' was produced entirely in-house and includes the newest findings on one of mankind's oldest relatives. We are utterly thrilled that National Geographic Channel is bringing these three programs to televisions across the U.S."


**About ZDF Enterprises**
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

**Contact ZDF Enterprises**
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, 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