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ZDF ENTERPRISES and CONTENT TELEVISION Team on Distribution of BBC TWO Thriller THE FALL

London and Mainz/Germany, 28th August 2012

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises and Content Television, a division of Content Media Corporation, have partnered on international distribution of 'The Fall,' a major new crime franchise produced by Artists Studio for the UK’s BBC Two, starring Emmy and BAFTA Award winning Gillian Anderson, it was announced today.

A gripping psychological thriller, the 5 x 1 hour 'The Fall' – which will debut in the UK on BBC Two – will launch to the international marketplace at MIPCOM 2012. ZDF Enterprises will handle distribution in Continental Europe , while Content Television has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding the UK. 'The Fall' is written and created by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect).

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises said today, “We are delighted to secure 'The Fall' for launch to our international buyers. 'The Fall' is an outstanding piece of crime drama - something that has not been made before. We are known for presenting state-of-the-art crime productions like 'The Killing' and 'The Bridge.' 'The Fall' clearly belongs in this category. Gillian Anderson leads an incredibly strong cast in a complex and suspenseful drama that delivers compelling viewing for global audiences and perfect flagship drama for international primetime schedules.”

Greg Phillips, President, Content Television and Digital, added, “We are very pleased to work with ZDF Enterprises on the distribution of this new BBC Two primetime drama, following hot on the heels of our ratings-winning series 'Line of Duty.' 'The Fall' offers all the elements of a classic murder thriller with a strong character driven element that will draw in the viewer as the investigation intensifies. The distinctive story, combined with a fantastic line-up of talent, promises a stand-out series with huge international potential.”

'The Fall' follows the lives of two hunters within one story - Anderson (Great Expectations) is DSI Stella Gibson, a successful, highly driven homicide detective brought in to lead a Murder Investigation Team under increasing pressure as they face every investigator’s worse nightmare. Jamie Dornan (Once Upon A Time) is Paul Spector, the serial predator she seeks, who randomly preys on young women in and around Belfast, while hiding behind the façade of loving husband and father. 'The Fall' follows the police investigation, uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders – both the killers’ and the victims’ families.

Anderson and Dornan head a stellar cast including Emmy Award winning Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), John Lynch (Sliding Doors), Simon Delaney (Father & Son), Laura Donnelly (Merlin), Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Michael McElhatton (Perrier’s Bounty) and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones).

Directed by Jakob Verbruggen (Code 37), 'The Fall' is produced by Artists Studio and is written and executive produced by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect). Gub Neal (The Last Enemy, Cracker) and Julian Stevens (The Last Enemy) will produce. The series’ executive producers are Justin Thomson-Glover (Thorne, Combat Hospital) and Patrick Irwin (Thorne, Combat Hospital). The series was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two and Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and will be executive produced by Stephen Wright through BBC Northern Ireland.

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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@zdf-enterprises.de, www.zdf-enterprises.de.

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About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation is a global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film, the film sales division, holds the rights to 200 titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 3,400 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile. www.contentmediacorp.com.

Contact Content Media Corporation
Debbie Lawrence, The Lippin Company (London), Email: dlawrence@lippingroup.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 3008 5406

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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