WALTER PRESENTS secures ZDF Enterprises drama package for Australia
London and Mainz, February 9th, 2021
Walter Presents, the global TV drama service, has secured a package of internationally produced drama hit series from ZDF Enterprises for its activities in Australia. Walter Presents recently announced its exclusive partnership with Stan to secure international drama programming for their service in Australia.
The dramas that have been hand-picked from around ZDF Enterprises’ catalogue by curator and co-founder Walter Iuzzolino include Grow, a fast-moving thriller about two brothers on colliding paths in life, produced by SF Studios Productions and Rocket Road Pictures for TV2 Denmark, Standing Tall, which follows a former policeman’s unofficial investigation into his son’s alleged suicide, produced by Publispei for Rai Italy, Filmlance’s TV4 / ZDF production Top Dog, focuses primarily on the clash between Stockholm business attorney Emily Jansson and Södertälje ex-con Teddy Maksumic. Also part of the agreement are Sløborn, produced by Syrreal Entertainment in co-production with ZDF, Tobis, Nordisk Film and ZDF Enterprises, which mixes coming-of-age drama with pandemic thriller to tell the story of a group of islanders confronted with a fatal virus, FILM.UA’s first Ukrainian crime noir Hide and Seek about the issue of missing children as well as Belgian family drama Beyond Appearances, a tale of deception and betrayal produced by KAM&KA, with the participation of FRANCE TELEVISIONS and the CNC. The shows are scheduled to air on Stan as first-runs and exclusive to Stan.
Walter Iuzzolino says: “We are delighted to secure an incredibly rich and varied slate of some extraordinary productions from Italian psychological thrillers to German high concept mystery. This ZDF Enterprises deal will bring to Walter Presents in Australia an unmissable treasure trove of the best television drama from around the world, exclusively available on Stan.”
Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama, ZDF Enterprises, adds: “We are delighted to have sealed another exciting deal with our long-standing partner Walter Presents, who continue to raise the profile of foreign language dramas globally. Walter Iuzzolino has selected some of the latest jewels in our catalogue and we are thrilled that they will soon be available to Australian connoisseurs.”
About Walters Presents
Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the U.K. as a video-on-demand service, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator, Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan. In March 2017, Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the U.S., with the New York Times hailing it as a “chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.” In October 2018 Walter Presents partnered with PBS Distribution in the US, to make premium foreign language drama available on PBS Masterpiece on the Amazon Prime Video channel. Additionally, select top-tier titles chosen by PBS are also broadcast on PBS stations and streaming on PBS Passport, a digital member benefit available through local stations. In February 2019 Walter Presents increased its US distribution further launching on Comcast Xfinity X1 and later in June Walter Presents launched on the Roku Channel. In 2019 Walter Presents teamed up with Medialaan to make the service available to Flemish audiences on their newly launched digital channel StreamZ, and also joined forces with S4C to make its dramas available in Welsh. In 2020 we partnered with TVNZ with over 250 hours of content on their VOD service and also launched Walter Presents in Russia exclusively on Start, Russia’s fastest growing SVOD platform, providing 400 hours of hit international drama as well as launching with PBS Masterpiece in Canada. This year Walter Presents partnered with Australia’s largest subscription streaming service, Stan.
Contact Walter Presents
Phoebe Brown, email@example.com, +44 (0) 203 842 6800 / +44 (0) 7948 356966
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: www.zdf-enterprises.de
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zdf-enterprises.de.