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New Netflix Original Series from ZDF Enterprises affiliate World Media Rights

ZDF Enterprises co-producer of ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’

London/Mainz, March 8th, 2021

UK production house World Media Rights today announces that its box set series ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’, a co-production between WMR and ZDF Enterprises, will appear as a Netflix Original on the Netflix service globally on 15th March 2021. ZDF Enterprises has a stake in World Media Rights and will distribute the new series worldwide outside of the territories and rights of Netflix.

‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ is the first time that the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean has ever been told as a six part factual series.

‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ uses a production technique which is new to factual series: Hyper Dynamic Animation. This has allowed World Media Rights to re-create the pirate republic of Nassau  as it was in 1715 using 4K back projection in front of live action. Unlike green screen everything in camera shot is an object, so that it appears to be real.

The story takes us from the end of the war with Spain, which left British privateers, who worked as a freelance Naval force, out of work. They turned to piracy, and continued to take treasure from the Spanish. Eventually, outlawed by even their own crown, they set up the world’s first fully democratic republic in the Bahamas. They also liberated slaves and gave them full voting rights. In their Lost Pirate Kingdom lies the origins of American independence.

The series features the real lives of Pirate legends like Blackbeard, Henry Jennings, Benjamin Hornigold and Henry Vane. And they’re not all men; we also tell the extraordinary tale of female pirate Anne Bonny.

World Media Rights’ Alan Griffiths, David McNab and Eamon Hardy are Executive Producers.

Alan Griffiths, CEO of World Media Rights, said: ‘We’re thrilled that Netflix is bringing ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ to their 204 million subscribers as a Netflix Original. The series uses techniques pioneered by World Media Rights which are a big leap forward in historical recreation. These techniques allow us create lost worlds realistically and we have endeavoured, through research, to recreate them exactly as they were.’

A first video of the program can be viewed here:


About World Media Rights
World Media Rights (WMR) is a prolific, long established producer of factual programming and drama reconstruction for a wide range of media companies in the international market. Created in 2007, the company supplies factual TV programming to over 55 countries globally and its programmes are regularly broadcast on channels and platforms including Discovery, CCTV in China, Netflix, Planete, ZDF, Foxtel, Mediaset,UKTV as well as networks such as Reelz. Successful programming franchises include World War II in HD Colour’, ‘Black Ops’, ‘Air Crash Confidential’, ‘Ancient Apocalypse’ ‘Hitler’s Circle of Evil’ and ‘Greatest Events of World War Two in Colour.’ In July 2017 ZDF Enterprises acquired a minority stake in World Media Rights.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 18 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

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
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
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55127 Mainz | Germany