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ZDF Enterprises acquires stake in REAL FILM Berlin

Berlin, October, 19th, 2021

ZDF Enterprises and the Studio Hamburg Production Group are planning to work together more closely in the fictional area starting January 2022. Subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities, ZDF Enterprises will acquire a 49% stake in REAL FILM Berlin GmbH.

REAL FILM is a subsidiary of the Studio Hamburg Production Group. Her production portfolio includes the ARD event movie 3 ½ HOURS on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, the multiple award-winning Netflix series UNORTHODOX together with Studio Airlift and the ZDF crime series AGAINST ANGST with Nadja Uhl and COLLEAGUES with Caroline Peters. Other productions in recent years are rbb's TATORT and POLIZEIRUF: 110, the successful ARD Degeto series DOCTOR'S OFFICE WITH SEA VIEW with Tanja Wedhorn, SOKO WISMAR and the New Zealand-German coproduction AUCKLAND DETECTIVES for ZDF. In addition, REAL FILM has acquired several development contracts for signature series for Netflix, Sky and ARD, among others.

“I am pleased to now extent the excellent collaboration that already exists in the non-fictional area with the Studio Hamburg Production Group to the fictional genre. REAL FILM is a great addition to our investment portfolio in fiction programs. I wish the two managing directors of REAL FILM Michael Lehmann and Henning Kamm every success ”, said Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises GmbH.

"We are delighted to be working with ZDF Enterprises to further strengthen the successful REAL FILM brand," said Michael Lehmann (Studio Hamburg Production Group) and Johannes Züll (Studio Hamburg). “REAL FILM already produces a wide variety of productions for cinema, TV and streaming services and would like to continue to offer the best creative people a successful home in the future. We look forward to touching, humorous, exciting films and series made in Berlin! "


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 17 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


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