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VIASAT WORLD Boosts Factual Slate With ZDF Enterprises Deal

18 titles totalling 49 hours of content will air on Viasat History and Viasat Nature


London, UK and Mainz, Germany,  9 September 2021

Leading international media company Viasat World today announces that it has signed a new deal with its long-standing global content distribution partner ZDF Enterprises. The latest agreement between the two companies secures rights for 18 factual titles which together total 49 hours of content and will air on Viasat History or Viasat Nature in the coming months across Baltics, Scandinavia, CEE and Russia & CIS.

Nine brand-new titles comprising 36 hours of content feature in the package. For Viasat History, these are: Forsaken Places (4x50’), Planet of Treasures (6x50’), Ancient Apocalypse (6x50’), Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity seasons 1 and 2 (10x50’), Crime Scene: Antiquity (5x50’) and a returning series, Ancient Superstructures season 2 (3x50’).

Viasat Nature will become home to Africa’s Hunters of the Night (1x50’) and Scandinavia’s Hidden Paradises (1x50’). In addition, ten further library titles have been acquired for Viasat History in Russia & CIS.

Karin Heijink, SVP Content, Marketing and Products at Viasat World, comments: “ZDF Enterprises has long been an important partner of ours as an industry leader in the field of well researched, high quality specialist factual content. Titles like Ancient Apocalypse, Ancient Superstructures and Crime Scene Antiquity are a great fit for Viasat History, helping us to live up to our reputation as the authoritative home for ancient civilisation historical programming within our regions. We look forward to seeing how our audience respond to these new titles.”

Ralf Rueckauer, VP ZDFE.unscripted at ZDF Enterprises, adds: “We continue to successfully partner with Viasat World as a leading broadcaster in the CEE region. Its popular factual channels naturally lend themselves to being the home for some of our key titles, and we’re pleased to build further on our relationship with this latest deal.”


About Viasat World:

Viasat World is a leading international media company with a comprehensive channel and SVOD portfolio spanning the factual, entertainment, drama, film and sport genres. Operating 30 Pay-TV channels and on-demand services in key markets across three continents, we have over 194 million subscriptions.  Our world-class, compelling content is available in 19 languages, expertly curated across our 17 content brands. Born out of a vast library of celebrated, contemporary programming, our core factual entertainment brands - Viasat Explore, Viasat History and Viasat Nature - deliver timeless real-life entertainment, bring history to life and tell nature’s own stories. Our content curation expertise is further celebrated through two scripted channels: Epic Drama, a flagship drama proposition available across CEE which brings together the greatest period drama series from around the globe, and ViP Serial in Russia. Our portfolio of nine movie channels including TV1000, TV1000 Russian Kino and ViP Premiere positions us as the number one movie provider in Russia. We also operate ViP Play, a streaming service available in Russia and CIS, giving viewers access to our portfolio of channels and full content library.

Press contact:

Lauren Gill, Mantis PR,


About ZDF Enterprises:

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 18 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

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, 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


Forsaken Places
Planet of Treasures
Ancient Apocalypse
Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity
Crime Scene: Antiquity
Africa’s Hunters of the Night
Ancient Superstructures
Scandinavia’s Hidden Paradises