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ZDF Enterprises and Jonathan M. Shiff Productions launch new family adventure series “Reef Doctors” at MIPCOM

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef provides spectacular location

Mainz, 4th September 2012.

ZDF Enterprises and Jonathan M. Shiff Productions will be presenting their new family adventure series “Reef Doctors” (13 x 60’) to international buyers at this fall’s TV industry trade fair MIPCOM in Cannes from 8 to 11 October 2012.  Co-produced by ZDF and produced in association with Network TEN, the series will premiere in Australia this year, and in Germany in 2013.

Created by the award-winning producer Jonathan M Shiff (H2O – Just Add Water), the series is toplined by one of Australia’s most celebrated actresses, Lisa McCune (Sea Patrol), who is also co-producing the series.  McCune stars as Dr. Sam Stewart, Hope Island’s accomplished doctor, who with her team looks after the residents of all the neighbouring islands, as well as the holidaymakers and thrill seekers who visit the area.   Not only a General Physician, Sam is a single mother with a free spirit and a determination for an unusual hobby: venom.

“With Australia’s picturesque Great Barrier Reef providing the backdrop “Reef Doctors” is great family entertainment, and marks an exciting move for our company into primetime viewing” says Jonathan M. Shiff.

ZDF Enterprises’ President and CEO Alexander Coridass adds: “We are proud to continue our rewarding collaboration with Jonathan M. Shiff, and we look forward to further promising access primetime or primetime series aimed at families as opposed to programs targeting exclusively young audiences.”


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

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


The cast of REEF DOCTORS, Jonathan M Shiff Productions, photo by Ellis Parrinder


Lisa McCune as SAM, Andrew Ryan as GUS in REEF DOCTORS

REEF DOCTORS Susan Hoecke and Richard Brancatisano