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ZDF Enterprises and DQE sign distribution deal for new 3 D animated series "5 & IT"

Mainz, 6.6.2011

ZDF Enterprises today announced the signing of a new agreement with DQ Entertainment, the Global entertainment production and distribution company for a new 3D Stereoscopic HD TV series named “5 & IT” as part of a packaged multi million euro deal signed in Hyderabad, India.

This is in line with ZDF Enterprises objective to develop, produce and distribute quality original programming and DQE’s objective to bring classical and iconic properties to life. “5 & IT” is a series of fantasy adventures for children aged 6 to 10 and is based on the famous book by Edith Nesbit written in the early part of the last century . The story has already successfully appeared in live action cinema and TV in Europe.

As per the agreement ZDF Enterprises will act as Distributor for the TV series of “5 & IT” being produced at a global budget of 9.2 Million Euros. ZDF Enterprises will hold the distribution rights in 64 countries including Western and Eastern Europe (excluding French speaking Europe, U.K. and Ireland) South Africa and Latin America. DQE is presently in discussion with leading broadcasters worldwide for TV broadcast and expects to conclude soon.

“5 & IT” follows the adventures and escapades of five children after they unearth and befriend a bizarre little sand fairy, a Psammead – The ‘IT' by their Uncle’s beachfront mansion. The Psammead is an ancient, ugly and irritable sand fairy the children find in a gravel pit. It grants them a wish a day, lasting until sunset; But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties.

Tapaas Chakravarti, CEO & Chairman DQE “The production of “5 & IT” in 3D Stereoscopic animation has again proved DQE’s capability in producing world class intellectual properties while expanding our business . We believe “5 & IT” will also go on to be a huge success like of our previous productions such as "The Jungle Book" and "Peter Pan" and will open various other revenue streams for exploitation. ZDF Enterprises and DQE have partnered in other international projects and this association has grown in strength with immense synergy between the partners. We hope to work with them in many other quality productions in the future.”

Fred Burcksen, Vice President Sales, Merchandising and Coproductions stresses the synergy of the partnership between DQE and ZDF Enterprises : "Our cooperation with DQE on "The Jungle Book", "Peter Pan" and "Lassie" proves to be very effective. Being DQE's partner again in "5 & IT" is only a natural next step in evolving this partnership and in ensuring that quality children programming is being produced and successfully being brought to broad audiences worldwide."

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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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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

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