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THE FUTURE IS WILD is ZDF Enterprises’ bestselling documentary in 2003

26.11.2003, Mainz
ZDF Enterprises has announced today that the 3x52’ (13x25’ or 13x15’ alternatively) production THE FUTURE IS WILD is its bestselling documentary in 2003.

By travelling 5 million, 100 million, or up to 200 million years into the future, THE FUTURE IS WILD attempts to provide some answers as to how our earth will be. Using the best scientific brains, the very latest in animation technology and top television talent, this series creates images of both our future world and its inhabitants.

While the list of coproduction partners already consists of some of the most reputable companies in TV business such as Germany’s ZDF, the French-German cultural channel arte, Austria’s ORF, Mediaset/Italy, Planeta/Spain, Animal Planet/USA and Discovery Channels Inc., the list of countries the series was sold to is not less impressive.

ZDF Enterprises has sold the TV rights of the program into 18 markets such as Belgium, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hongkong, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Middle East, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Venezuela. The audiovisual rights have been sold to 34 countries with Image Entertainment, Icestorm, Loonmart, Bonniers, Mediaset and DeaPlaneta being the major partners. Deals for publishing rights have so far been closed for 23 countries with licensees such as Egmont, Firefly, Nathan, deAgostini and many others.

Fred Burcksen, Vice-President Distribution and Investments of ZDF Enterprises says: "The worldwide success of THE FUTURE IS WILD has certainly exceeded our expectations. We are very happy to have this outstanding and exciting production in our catalogue."

John Adams, Executive Producer and Concept Originator of THE FUTURE IS WILD: "We are very satifisfied with the success of THE FUTURE IS WILD. ZDF Enterprises have proven to be the right partner for international success in marketing this extraordinary production."


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 program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program 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 overseas all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program 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 program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

**Your contact at ZDF Enterprises:**

Christine Denilauler
(Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications)

ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Lise-Meitner-Str. 9
D-55129 Mainz, Germany

tel. 0049 6131-991228
fax 0049 6131-991229


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