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ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media acquire Reese Witherspoon’s RULE # 1

Academy award winner in the lead role of new romantic comedy

Mainz and Munich, 29.2.2012

ZDF Enterprises and the Munich-based cinema and home entertainment distributor Koch Media have secured the extensive rights to the Reese Witherspoon comedy RULE #1 and will distribute the film jointly to interested partners in Germany and Austria.

The film was purchased from Foresight Unlimited during the last Berlinale; the distribution in movie theatres is planned for next year.

With RULE #1, director and screenwriter Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is creating a witty comedy with great cinematic potential in light of the current trend towards romantic comedies. Diana McBride (played by Academy award winner Reese Witherspoon, known from numerous films such as "Pleasantville"(1998), "Election" (1998), "Cruel Intentions" (1999), "Legally Blonde" (2001), "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), "Walk the Line" (2005) and "Water for Elephants" (2011) among others) suffers from an obsessive washing and cleanliness disorder, which has already caused her husband to leave her. With the help of a new love and her chaotic friend and her baby, she learns to cope with her bizarre neuroses and starts out on a new life.

Margrit Stärk, Director Acquisitions Feature Films at ZDF Enterprises confirms: "ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media have already worked together successfully in the DVD area. As both companies are looking to increase their activities in the cinema sector, the continuation of this seasoned partnership makes sense, particularly with such a highly promising project."

Stefan Kapelari, COO of Koch Media, adds: “We are extremely pleased to expand our cooperation with ZDF Enterprises with this joint commercialisation. Both the genre and excellent cast headed by Reese Witherspoon make RULE #1 a movie with huge commercial potential. Our partnership with ZDF Enterprises enables us to lay the foundation for the successful marketing of this feature film.”


About Koch Media
Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and movies). Since the foundation of a dedicated film division in 2003, Koch Media has made a name for itself in the motion-picture industry as a leading independent label in the cinema and home-entertainment segment. Besides major releases, its broad portfolio of more than 800 products also includes high-quality German and international video premieres, made-for-television movies and series, cinema classics, documentaries and special-interest titles for a wide range of target groups. In addition to acquiring its own licences for exploitation, Koch Media offers licences for its extensive catalogue of national and international film rights to public and private television networks, movie distributors and home entertainment providers in the German-speaking world. Koch Media is headquartered in Planegg, Munich, and has branch offices and subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, France Italy, Spain, the Nordic and Benelux countries, and the US. /

Contact Koch Media
Verena Falcenberg (Marketing & PR Manager),Tel. +498924245174, Fax+4989242453174, Email, Lochhamerstr. 9, D-82152 Planegg


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
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany