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ZDF Enterprises and Fuji TV announce key creative team for soccer drama series THE WINDOW

Shooting for thrilling prime time drama series to start in the UK next week

MIPCOM, Cannes, 14th October 2019

ZDF Enterprises and Japanese Fuji TV are pleased to announce both the key creative team and the shooting start of their suspenseful 10 x 45’ drama series THE WINDOW.

THE WINDOW has been developed and produced by Berlin-based production company Boogie Entertainment and is coproduced by Japanese Fuji TV, ZDF Enterprises and Velvet Films in Belgium. ZDF Enterprises and Fuji TV will also internationally distribute the series. The shooting of the series is scheduled to begin in the UK next week, with locations in Belgium and Malta to follow.

The series creator and writer James Payne (The Musketeers, Hooten & the Lady, Mr. Selfridge) is now joined by writers Chris Gill (The Hive, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks) and Mark Greig (Bulletproof, Ransom, No Offence).

BAFTA award-winning British director and actor Adrian Shergold (Mad Dogs, The Last Hangman, Holding On) will be the series director with Grimme Prize-nominee Claudia Garde (Tatort, Milberg, Stubbe) and Pieter van Hees (Waste Land, Chausée d’amour, Versailles) acting as directors.

Actor Mel Raido (Dark Encounter, Just Getting Started, The Disappointments Room) plays Romulus, Tommy Bastow (Agatha Raisin, The Crossing, Man in an Orange Shirt) will take on Keiran’s part and stage actor Samuel Jordan  (Henry Jekyll, Arthur, Romeo and Juliet) will play the part of Jordan. Lynn Van Royen (24 Hours - Two Sides of Crime, Tabula Rasa, The Team) as Esther, Jodie Tyack (Agatha Raisin, The Feed, Inspector Barnaby) as Molly and Carole Weyers (Grey’s Anatomy, Navy CIS, Modern Family) as Kirsten.

THE WINDOW is a one hour prime time drama series with a strong thriller element that takes an inside look at elite professional football and the business that surrounds it. Focusing on an ensemble cast of players, agents, club owners,  administrators and journalists, the series explores the off-field machinations of the beautiful game.

The series begins at the end of the English soccer season. The champions have been crowned, relegated teams drop down a division, and the transfer window opens... Across ten episodes THE WINDOW charts ten tense weeks in the life of Jordan Burdett, a humble 17 year old Wunderkind who finds himself on the wish list of every major club in Europe.

What starts out as a tug of war over a young lad’s first professional contract becomes entwined with a bigger, darker, criminal conspiracy. With multi-billion dollar broadcasting rights up for auction soccer’s money men are set on a collision course with the game’s governing bodies.

Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “THE WINDOW is an original and innovative view on sports TV series,  that takes an inside look at the elite world of professional football and the dealings behind the scenes of this multi-billion Euros business. The series goes behind the scene and highlights both the strengths of football as a worldwide sport and its weaknesses. We are extremely proud and honoured to be partnering with Fuji TV on this first ever European-Japanese scripted co-production.”

Toru Ora, Senior Executive Managing Director of Fuji Television Network, Inc. added:  “A research company reported here last year that more than 10,000 drama series were released worldwide every single year. The fundamental question for us is how can we create new stories that will be noticed, connect with our audience, move them emotionally and give them joy among these 10,000 works. Our solution is the co-production of a large-scale drama series with ZDF Enterprises from Germany. We thought up the idea here in Cannes three years ago, and we will start to film next week in UK. We are extremely proud of the fresh new challenges ahead.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in the year 1993 as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. During the course of the process of development and diversification to date, it has been possible to incorporate a large number of business activities within the television and media industry within the ZDF Enterprises Group. Consequently, today ZDF Enterprises can offer a comprehensive, full-service offer that covers every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from material development in all genres to production and then on to the marketing of television licenses, merchandising and online rights.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, phone +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


About Fuji Television Network
Fuji Television (=Fuji TV) continues to maintain its status as an innovative leader in Japan’s television industry since its establishment in 1959. Fuji TV provides high quality programs in all genres, from drama, variety shows, infotainment, sports and news. From 2004 to 2012, Fuji TV led Japan’s ratings race in all three dayparts (prime, golden, all-day), and secured first place in sales above all commercial broadcasters for thirty-one consecutive years.  For more information, please visit: 

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Contact Fuji Television Network
Yuri Akimoto, phone: +81-(0)3-5500-8214, 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


Mel Raido
Tommy Bastow
Samuel Jordan
Lynn Van Royen
Jodie Tyack
Carole Weyers