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ZDF Enterprises and Fisher King Ltd sign First Look Agreement

Political thriller series “Watchdog” already in development as first joint project

MIPCOM / Cannes, 18th October 2016

ZDF Enterprises and award-winning Finnish drama development company Fisher King Ltd have signed a first look agreement. Through the deal, ZDF Enterprises will have exclusive first-look rights to all scripted development from Fisher King, serve as financier and handle worldwide distribution for the new slate of projects.

The first joint project, the thriller series “Watchdog”, has already been selected and will be presented by ZDF Enterprises to potential partners and investors during MIPCOM. The character driven political thriller series “Watchdog” (first season 10x45’) takes place in present-day Europe with Helsinki, London and The Hague as main locations. The suspenseful series “Watchdog” is an intense adrenaline trip into the middle of European justice policy and security regulations concerning source protection and privacy insurance.

Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama: "Fisher King Ltd focus on genre driven productions and a combination of modern production techniques with the good old storytelling tradition. We at ZDF Enterprises have a long-standing experience in the development and worldwide distribution of drama programs and are convinced that we’ll be able to jointly create many international hits."

Matti Halonen, Fisher King Ltd’s Managing Director and producer: "I really look forward to collaborating with ZDF Enterprises and Robert Franke’s department who I know have great understanding about the content and financing of drama programming. ZDF Enterprises is a well-established company that can give a lot of support for a smaller player like Fisher King Ltd. Our project ‘Bordertown’ just premiered on YLE on October 16th with an outstanding performance, reaching 26% of the population of Finland. It also does well in the market and will have wide distribution. I am convinced that ‘Watchdog’ as an international thriller will do at least as well.”


About Fisher King Ltd

Fisher King develops and produces feature films and TV-drama for both international and local markets. The company has several international partners as well as facilities for co-productions and makes content primarily in English, Finnish and Swedish language. Fisher King was founded in 2013 by producer Matti Halonen and director&writer Miikko Oikkonen. Together they bring experience from more than 50 feature films as well as TV-series, commercials and documentaries into their growing company. The first completed production was the 12 x 1h tv-series NYMPHS, finished in April 2013 and distributed to more than 60 countries around the world to this date.

Contact Fisher King Ltd

Fisher King Ltd, Fredrikinkatu 34 B 20-21, 00100 Helsinki, Finland, +358 44 7573 000,


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most highly regarded TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the international distribution of programmes, managing international co-productions, acquiring licences and merchandising strong programme brands in its own name, not only for ZDF but also for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent player on the German and international stage. As part of a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programmes in the world and also a steadily expanding portfolio of international productions, including series and mini-series, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programmes. Many business areas in television and media have been made accessible through the ZDF Enterprises group as part of the ongoing development and diversification activities. This allows ZDF Enterprises to provide a comprehensive, full-service package today, while covering every step in the production and distribution chain and supporting successful TV programmes from development to production, marketing TV licences, merchandising rights, online rights and much more besides.

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

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