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Robert Franke appointed new VP ZDFE.drama of ZDF Enterprises

Mainz, 4th November 2015

Robert Franke has been appointed new VP ZDFE.drama of ZDF Enterprises as of 1st November 2015.

Prior to joining ZDF Enterprises, Robert Franke (34), was Chief Content Officer and General Manager of Viewster Deutschland GmbH in Berlin and Head of Content of MyVideo (Pro7Sat1 - Magic Internet GmbH). At ZDF Enterprises, Franke will be heading the department responsible for the commercialization of ZDF's drama program output as well as for international coproductions (e.g. THE BRIDGE, THE TEAM, THE FALL) and own program developments. ZDFE.drama generates a yearly turnover of more than 40 million Euros and its investments amount to approximately 25 million Euros.

Fred Burcksen, Executive VP and COO of ZDF Enterprises: „We look forward to working with Robert Franke. He has long been active in the media sector with a strong focus on licensing and marketing of content and experience on both sides of the negotiating table. In addition, we value his many years of expertise in all areas of the digital value chain as well as the development, financing, production and distribution of program content and its international exploitation".

Robert Franke: "I am very excited about the new exciting challenge to take over the management of the Drama Department at ZDF Enterprises. In such a dynamic market as the media industry, it is always important to identify the best ideas for successful programs and to consistently implement them. I would like to thank ZDF Enterprises for the opportunity to do this in the future, together with a world-class team of colleagues, in such an innovation-driven and well-established company".


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
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


Robert Franke, Bereichsleiter/VP ZDFE.drama