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Shooting begins on mystery-crime drama “Talking to the Dead”

ZDF Enterprises to handle worldwide sales of drama based on book by U.K. author Harry Bingham

MIPTV / Cannes, 8th April 2013.  

ZDF Enterprises, the production and distribution arm of German pubcaster ZDF, announces its first collaboration with Bonafide Films of Newcastle and London: the production of the first TV Movie-length film (1 x 90’ HD) that is one of five pilots recently ordered by SKY. Bonafide Films was founded in 2008 by producer Margery Bone and comedian Sacha Alexander.  

Set in Cardiff, Wales, “Talking to the Dead” is the first installment in a cycle based on crime novels by U.K. author Harry Bingham, who works as a banker and writer. Something of a Welsh Lisbeth Salander, the one-of-a-kind heroine Fiona Griffiths is a rookie police inspector with a brilliant mind, a father with questionable roots in the underworld, a propensity for violence, a mixed-up emotional life, and a mysterious illness that gives her a peculiar empathy for the dead.    

Says Bill Massey, deputy publishing director of HarperCollins: “Harry Bingham has always been a tremendously compelling storyteller and now he’s come up with a crime series with genuinely bestselling potential. Fiona Griffiths is the most original character I’ve come across in years...” The book was published in Great Britain in 2012 and the rights have been sold to Germany, Spain and the U.S.  

ZDF Enterprises is responsible for world sales outside the U.K.  


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