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Shanghai Festival honours ZDF documentary "The Drama of Dresden"

Mainz, 27th June 2006

'The Drama of Dresden' has been awarded yet another major prize. At the Shanghai Television Festival this documentary, a production of the ZDF Department of Contemporary History, has won the Magnolia Award.

It is only a matter of months since the documentary won the coveted International Emmy for Best Documentary at the 2005 awards in New York. The 90 minute film (written and directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt, supervising producer Guido Knopp) about the devastation of Dresden in a bombing raid during World War II was first broadcast by ZDF on 8th February 2005, 60 years after the terrible events. The production was made in association with BROADVIEW TV GmbH, Cologne.

Guido Knopp, Head of the Department of Contemporary History at ZDF: 'We are delighted that our historical documentaries achieve recognition like this not only from large audiences but also from experts in the field of television. This prize honours the achievement of a well-established team.'

To view a trailer and read the English description of the production, please click here: [ The Drama of Dresden].


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 programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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 programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme 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 recognised programme brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

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