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Pernel Media appoints ZDF Enterprises to distribute ‘Monumental Revelations’ worldwide outside France and UK

Paris and Mainz, 14th September 2018

Independent TV production company Pernel Media today announces that ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has been appointed to distribute its ground-breaking series ‘Monumental Revelations’ in all territories outside France and UK. ‘Monumental Revelations’ (4 x 60’) takes a unique approach in delving into engineering mysteries behind some of the world’s largest and most famous ancient structures. The series reveals the secrets behind the Great Wall of China, Jordan’s archaeological gem Petra, the Incan citadel of Macchu Pichu and the French island commune of Le Mont Saint-Michel.

Each episode explores the history and secrets of the landmarks by observing them from different perspectives of scale – from satellite imagery from space and aerial views right down to macro and microscopic levels. From each perspective, ‘Monumental Revelations’ reveals data that helps shed new light on invisible historical and construction enigmas that have baffled historians for years.

ZDFE, the sales arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, will be presenting the show to buyers to Cannes in Mipcom next month.

This latest news come on the heels of May’s announcement that French DTT channel RMC Découverte had ordered the show.

Samuel Kissous, President of Pernel Media, said: “I am delighted to partner up with ZDFE for the first time on this unique series that has been created to capture the imagination of viewers around the globe.'Monumental Revelations’ takes a completely new approach to an engineering series. By using innovative zoom-in/zoom-out technology, the show gives viewers better answers to questions about population, geology, architecture and construction.”

Ralf Rueckauer, VP ZDFE.unscripted of ZDF Enterprises, said: “We are impressed by the quality and professionalism of Samuel Kissous and his team. This is the first time we will distribute one of their productions and we hope to work together much closer in the future. Pernel produces many documentaries that fit perfectly into our catalogue at ZDFE.unscripted which focusses on wildlife, science, history and entertainment.”


About Pernel Media
Pernel Media is a creative and diverse independent TV production company founded by Samuel Kissous in 2009. Headquartered in Paris and with offices in London, the business creates and produces original factual and entertainment formats for the global content market. Recent Pernel Media productions for both French and international broadcasters include ‘20 Years on Death Row’ for 13eme Rue and UKTV, ‘Wheeler Dealers France’ for RMC Decouverte, ‘Extreme Earth’ for France 5, ‘The Real War of Thrones: Hundred Years War, told by Dan Jones’ for History UK and ‘Sinful Sweets’ for Cooking Channel US.

Pernel Media are also experts in collaborating with producers and distributors from around the world, adapting international formats for the French broadcast market. Format adaptations include ‘Great British Menu’ for TF1, ‘Cash Cab’ for W9, ‘Most Identical’ and ‘Undateables’ for M6.
Pernel Media is a member of PACT, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television producers.  

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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