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One Million DVDs and VHSes of ZDF's Rosamunde Pilcher-Collection sold

Universum Film has been selling ZDF program highlights on its own Home Entertainment label 'ZDF Video' since 1992

Mainz, 1st April 2008

Last month somewhere in Germany, Austria or Switzerland a customer bought the millionth VHS or DVD of a TV movie adaptation of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel on Universum Film's label 'ZDF Video'. This represents another record in the successful partnership between the Munich home entertainment company, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises.

The collaboration dates back to 1992, when 'Terra X - Episode 1' was the first ZDF title to be released on the German-speaking market as a VHS cassette. In those days Universum Film was trading under the name BMG Video. The first framework contract was signed in 1994, and 2001 saw the launch of the first ZDF Video DVD with Guido Knopp's 'Hitler - A Profile'. When the first Rosamunde Pilcher DVD Box was marketed in the year 1994 it opened the door to a very special success story which continues to the present day: since then a staggering total of 42 feature films have been released as individual titles and as parts of video collections.

"In Universum Film we have found the ideal partner for DVD exploitation of our formats," explains Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises. Tania Reichert-Facilides, General Manager of Universum Film, adds: "The ZDF formats constitute outstanding additions to our product range. We are looking forward to continuing this successful partnership in the years to come."

In addition to the Rosamunde Pilcher hits the ZDF video collection includes the equally successful film versions of novels by Charlotte Link and Inga Lindström, alongside a rich variety of TV highlights such as the classic series 'The Country Doctor', 'The Heritage of the Guldenburgs', 'Salto Postale', 'The Black Forest Clinic' and 'The Dream Voyage'. The comprehensive range also features documentaries by Guido Knopp, major TV events like 'Ship of No Return - The Final Voyage of the 'Gustloff", 'The Great Bellheim' and 'Two Aces and a King' and of course the Wallander films based on the novels by Henning Mankell.

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**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:denilauler.c@zdf.de denilauler.c@zdf.de], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany