NGTI and ZDF Enterprises extend relationship with major new deal
Cannes, 7th October 2009
National Geographic Television International (NGTI) and ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) today announce a landmark new deal between the two companies.
ZDFE has acquired more than 140 hours from the NGTI catalogue which will be distributed by ZDFE in the German-speaking territories on an exclusive basis. The volume package comprises documentaries from NGTI’s core factual genres - natural history, science, current affairs / society and history - and includes programmes produced by both the award-winning team at National Geographic Television, as well as by the leading independents with which NGTI also works.
Titles in the package include the milestone specials The Lost Gospel of Judas and King Tut's Curse, environmental series Strange Days on Planet Earth and Eco-Engineering 2 and popular wildlife titles Battle of the Arctic Giants, Africa's Predators in Crisis, Cheetahs Against the Odds and Eden at the End of the World.
Veronique Heim, acting head of sales at NGTI and Nikolas Huelbusch, project manager documentary co-productions at ZDF Enterprises brokered the deal.
Veronique Heim comments: "NGTI has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with ZDF / ZDF Enterprises and this new deal further consolidates that position. We both share a passion for high-end, intelligent documentaries and as such, make great partners. Our open relationship and regular communication have enabled us to work closely together to structure this new type of deal."
Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, adds: "We are delighted to have agreed this deal with NGTI. This year has been a complex one in the international marketplace, with less programming being commissioned in general and therefore less being available to distribute. Creative approaches to tackling such market challenges can prove to be mutually beneficial; in this case NGTI has secured a major package for 2009 and we have acquired volume, quality programming to service our key clients in the German-speaking market."
**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: [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].
**About National Geographic Television International (NGTI)**
NGTI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Geographic Ventures, the commercial arm of the National Geographic Society. Based in London, NGTI currently licenses more than 1,200 programme titles to broadcasters around the globe, across a diverse and ever-growing range of genres, including: Natural History; History; Environment; Science; People & Places; Adventure; Current Affairs / Society and Kids. In addition to licensing programmes produced by National Geographic Television, NGTI also licenses programmes made by some of the world's leading independent producers.
**For further information, please contact:**
VP of Marketing & Communications
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