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Wicked Science wins New York Festivals Silver World Medal

ZDF Enterprises: TV Movie and 2nd season of the series to be launched at MIPTV

29.01.2005, Mainz / Germany

WICKED SCIENCE, produced by Jonathan M. Shiff Productions and distributed by ZDF Enterprises worldwide, has been awarded the prestigious New York Festivals 2005 International Television Programming & Promotion Silver World Medal in the category of Youth Programs (Ages 7 - 12).

One of the most prestigious television festivals in the world The New York Festivals Awards recognize "the world's best work". This international recognition follows WICKED SCIENCE’s win at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Children’s Television Drama.

WICKED SCIENCE is the story of two teenagers, Toby and Elizabeth, who are hit by a mysterious ray and turned into wizards of science. Their normal world of Sandy Bay School is turned upside down by invisible cars, flying lawnmowers, a cloned school principal and a rampaging T-Rex!

A 90’ TV movie special of the first series of WICKED SCIENCE is currently in post-production and will be available at MIPTV. The second 26 half hour series of WICKED SCIENCE are due to complete principal photography in May and will be launched at MIPCOM. The international coproduction with Australia’s Network TEN, Germany’s ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and Disney Channel Australia has proven to be among the very best of children’s entertainment to the screen.

Christian Massmann, Head of Sales at ZDF Enterprises, says: "WICKED SCIENCE has been sold to over 30 countries and is aired by major broadcasters such as France 2, RAI, Disney Channel Italy, Fox Kids Latin America. We are very proud to have this exciting production in our portfolio and are convinced that both the TV movie special as well as the 2nd season of WICKED SCIENCE will leave nothing to be desired - neither for our customers nor for their audiences."

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Founded in 1988, Jonathan M. Shiff Productions Pty. Limited is one of Australia's leading producers of quality award winning children’s television programming. Between 2001 and 2004 the company completed over $50 million dollars of television production including PIRATE ISLANDS, HORACE & TINA and the AFI Award winning CYBERGIRL. The company’s BAFTA award winning OCEAN GIRL and THUNDERSTONE were major successes both domestically and internationally. Most recently the company completed production on SCOOTER: SECRET AGENT, a $10 million action comedy and is currently in production on the second series of WICKED SCIENCE. The company's impressive catalogue of drama and documentary series has been sold to more than 130 territories worldwide entertaining an audience of millions of children.

Contact Jonathan M. Shiff Productions Pty. Ltd.: Kay Ben-M’rad, Executive Producer, Jonathan M. Shiff Productions Pty Ltd, 373 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207 / Australia, tel. 00613-96461900, fax 00613 96468900, e-mail: [mailto:kbenmrad@jonathan-m-shiff.com.au kbenmrad@jonathan-m-shiff.com.au]

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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 coproductions 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 oversees 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.

Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. +49 6131-991228, fax +49 6131-991229, e-mail: [mailto:Denilauler.C@ZDF.de Denilauler.C@ZDF.de]

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany