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Shooting starts on ZDF Enterprises Co-Production Ana. The Game

New Spanish thriller series produced by RTVE, Tornasol and DeAPlaneta

Mainz, June,30th, 2020

The shooting of the new international thriller series Ana. The Game starts today. The 6-hour series is the TV adaptation of Roberto Santiago’s novel, set in the world of gambling.

Writer, screenwriter and film director Roberto Santiago also created and co-wrote the series. Salvador García Ruiz (Isabel, La Caza, Monteperdido) and Gracia Querejeta (Unknown, Happy 140, 15 Years and One Day, Siete Mesas de Billar Francés) will direct. Ana. The Game is produced by  RTVE, Tornasol and DeAPlaneta, in co-production with ZDF Enterprises, who will also be handling the worldwide distribution outside of Spain and Latin America.

The high-caliber cast includes stars Maribel Verdú (15 Years and One Day, Blancanieves, Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama También) Israel Elejalde (Magical Girl, Bajo Sospecha, Veneno), Natalia Verbeke (Son of the Bride, Doctor Mateo, The Other Side of the Bed), Unax Ugalde (Bon Appétit, Gran Reserva, Unauthorized Living), Luis Bermejo (Magical Girl, High Seas, While at War), Ismael Martínez (The Boarding School, Heroes Wanted, Eye for an Eye), and Juanma Cifuentes (La Catedral del Mar, El Club de los Buenos Infieles) and many others. Shooting starts today and will take the crew to various locations from Madrid to Pamplona during the next few weeks.

The thriller series tells the story of Ana Tramel, a brilliant criminal lawyer going through a rough patch. A call from her long-lost brother Alejandro launches her back into action. He’s been accused of killing the Gran Castilla casino manager. Supported by a close team of trusted friends, Ana finds herself taking on a huge gambling corporation.

Series creator Roberto Santiago says “I entered gambling’s many infernos myself to be able to write this series. I spent three years researching casinos and illegal gambling across Europe. I spoke to and lived with professional players and I witnessed up close how so many people ruin themselves and lose everything. Ana. The Game is fiction, but absolutely everything in it is inspired by real events. This gripping legal thriller tugs directly on audiences’ awareness of an increasingly pressing social problem. I really hope Ana. The Game finds a permanent home in viewers’ hearts.”

“We worked on Roberto Santiago’s first films. Ana. The Game knocked on our door while we were looking for the next opportunity to work together. Together with DeAPlaneta, we are delighted to embark on this new journey, co-written by Angela Armero. Co-producing with RTVE and ZDF Enterprises is a dream come true. We hope this will be the first of many adventures,” notes producer Mariela Besuievsky from Tornasol.

DeAplaneta’s producer Elena Bort concludes, “As soon as we read Roberto’s novel we knew Ana Tramel deserved a series. We’re very excited that our first foray into the realm of series is with a producer like Tornasol and reknowned broadcasters RTVE and ZDF Enterprises.”

Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises: “We have been part of this project from the very beginning and are very proud to now see it coming to life. It covers the problem of compulsive gambling, which is present worldwide, in a particularly captivating manner. Ana. The Game is also our first co-production with our long-standing Spanish partners RTVE, Tornasol and  DeAPlaneta. We are convinced that this production will only be the kick-off for many new projects of the same team.”


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 of 16 affiliated companies and subsidiaries, 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

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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Ana. The Game
First day of shooting