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ZDF Enterprises adopts new operative corporate structure

Fred Burcksen appointed COO

Mainz, 22 January 2013

ZDF Enterprises has restructured the organization of its operative business. The firm has restructured four divisions which are each responsible for a specific genre and which manage international projects from the securing of rights (in particular, coproductions, cofinancing, acquisitions etc.) to the many facets of sales and distribution (Free and Pay TV, DVD, VoD, Merchandising etc.). This concerns the divisions ZDFE.junior (Children and Youth Programs, headed by Peter Lang), ZDFE.drama (Series and TV Movies, headed by Tasja Abel), ZDFE.factual (documentaries, headed by Ralf Rueckauer) and ZDFE.entertainment (Show, Music, Sports, headed by Sylvia Brucker).

In the future, the division “Acquisitions and Coproductions ZDF” under the direction of Volker Lehmann will be attending to the business services concerning ZDF, in particular the acquisition of international feature films, documentaries, children’s programs, TV series etc.

Contemporaneously with this restructuring, Fred Burcksen has been appointed to COO for the organizational unit “Investment and Sales” of ZDF Enterprises. Stephan Adrian continues to be responsible for the commercial business sector as CFO, and Alexander Coridass, President and CEO,  will be responsible above all for strategy and corporate development of the entire ZDF Enterprises group. A comprehensive overview of the new ZDF Enterprises structure can be found on the organizational chart on the firm’s website

In the words of Alexander Coridass, “We at ZDF Enterprises are not only looking back on 20 years of corporate history in 2013, but we shall also be offering our German and international clients and business partners an even better service in the future thanks to the new structure. I am looking forward to collaborating with Stephan Adrian and with Fred Burcksen as new co-manager. For many years now, Fred has been an exceptionally successful, innovative and ‘can-do’ media manager who will help us consolidate our position on the market and contribute to our development.”


About ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

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:,


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