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NHK acquires ZDF Enterprises’ childrens live action series THE WORST WITCH

Mainz, 5th July 2019

ZDF Enterprises confirmed today that NHK has licensed seasons 1 and 2 (1x58’ + 24x28’) of the stunning live action series for children THE WORST WITCH for its educational E-Tele Channel. NHK will produce the Japanese version of these finished episodes with a cast of well-known actors in Japan who are particularly popular with young audiences.

The series THE WORST WITCH is based on the hugely popular children’s fictional works by Jill Murphy. It was produced by CBBC Productions in collaboration with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and Netflix as an extravagant fusion of real life and CGI. This latest adaption of the British children’s classic already consists of 39 × 28′ episodes with the third season being in production.

The central character in The Worst Witch is ten-year-old Mildred Hubble, an ordinary girl who discovers she has the abilities of a witch.  Despite her best intentions, she blunders from one disaster to the next because of her defining feature – clumsiness. Mildred is by far the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but still she never gives up. Thanks to her friends and to her cat, Tabby, she never loses her sense of humour and usually manages to resolve even the most hopeless of situations. The tumultuous exploits of the budding witch humorously exemplify the principle that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again”.

Filming took place largely in the UK, although key exterior scenes of Miss Cackle’s Witches’ Academy were shot at Hohenzollern Castle in Germany. Prior to NHK, THE WORST WITCH was already acquired amongst others by Discovery Kids (Latin America), HRT, GMA (Philippines) and exploited widely for Home Entertainment in Germany (Universum Film, Amazon, Google Play, Maxdome, Itunes).

Peter Lang, VP ZDFE.junior at ZDF Enterprises: “As the number one distributor of childrens’ live action programs, we are delighted to see this series enchant Japanese children in the very near future.”


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

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