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ZDF Enterprises and Fuji TV to co-produce soccer drama series THE WINDOW

Thrilling prime time drama series is first ever European-Japanese scripted co-production

13th June 2018

ZDF Enterprises will co-produce and internationally distribute the suspenseful 10 x 60’ drama series THE WINDOW. Created and written by British screenwriter James Payne (The Musketeers, Hooten & the Lady, Mr. Selfridge), THE WINDOW has been developed by Berlin-based production company Boogie Entertainment and is coproduced by Japanese Fuji TV and Panenka alongside Belga-Films in Belgium.

THE WINDOW is a one hour prime time drama series, with a strong thriller element, centred on the multi-billion dollar business surrounding the elite world of soccer. 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.

Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama for ZDF Enterprises: “THE WINDOW is a thrilling human drama that does for football what House of Cards did for politics. A unique blend of the Machiavellian horizontal storylines of shows like Game of Thrones, and compelling character-driven series like Billions, where moral right and wrong blurs along the lines of ambition and willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed.”

Taka Hayakawa, Director for worldwide production and business development of  FUJI Television Network, added:  “Think about it; how many drama series can you recall from last year? One? Possibly two? It’s evident that recent dramas are disposable, which is to say that it isn’t entertaining enough. With hopes of making a captivating drama series, we are making a special drama on “football and power”, applying the creativeness of both Asia and Europe. I am confident to state that this new drama series will be the best in 2019.

Creator James Payne said: “It's thrilling and fitting to be working with world class producers on a drama about the global game. Like many fans, I’m glued to my phone in the summer months, following the sagas of the transfer window. But behind every headline is a high-stakes human story; and for some to seal the deal is the real game.”


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
Hideaki Hashimoto, 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


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Toru Ota, Senior Executive Managing Director, Fuji Televison Network,Inc. (right) and Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama, ZDFE