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ZDF Enterprises acquires distribution mandate of Studio Hamburg DocLights’ ‘NDR Naturfilm’ package

Mainz, 15 September 2011.

In the run-up to this year’s television-industry trade fair MIPCOM (3 to 6 October), ZDF Enterprises has acquired the distribution mandate of a package of Studio Hamburg DocLights’ renowned label ‘NDR Naturfilm’. This high-caliber collection of 25 program hours, coproduced with international partners such as the BBC and National Geographic Channel, features documentaries on internationally attractive themes, with top-quality production values, sensational, often never-before-seen visual material, and the participation of internationally acknowledged nature specialists.

Among the programs are:

  • ‘Bama and the Lost Gorillas,’ the moving tale of an animal caretaker in Cameroon who searches for the rarest apes in the world. Winner of 8 international awards, the film contains the first ascertained shots of Cross-River gorillas in freedom.
  • ‘Ocean Secrets,’ which captures on film some of the rarest and most unusual marine creatures such as Mediterranean whales, the ocean sunfish, monk seals, and dolphins that play with giant sharks.
  • ‘Wild Hungary – A Water Wonderland,’ a spectacular declaration of love to Hungary’s natural beauty, produced over a period of three years, and already awarded several prizes.
  • ‘Scotland – Islands and Highlands,’ the surprisingly rich animal life of Britain’s high North. Blur-free cineflex aerial photography and a two-year shooting schedule ensure that this production is one of the best nature films ever shot on this region.


About ZDF Enterprises
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 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 recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany