ZDF Enterprises and Mondo TV sign international agreement
2.3 million Euro coproduction ‘Laura’s Star 2’ to be available by December 2006
ROME/ MAINZ (30th August 2005)
ZDF Enterprises and Rome-based Mondo TV as well as its German subsidiary Mondo Igel Media AG (MIM) have signed a coproduction agreement, it was announced today by Orlando Corradi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mondo TV, and Fred Burcksen, VP Distribution and Investments, ZDF Enterprises. According to the agreement, the partners will coproduce the second series of the childrens’ animation series ‘Laura’s Star’. The character is internationally known through the books, which have been translated into over 30 languages, as well as the theatrical movie which was a box office success all across continental Europe. The 22 x 11’ series has a production budget of 2.3 million Euro.
Fred Burcksen: “The worldwide distribution will be handled by ZDF Enterprises, who have already successfully marketed the first season of ‘Laura’s Star’. A promo trailer will be available for MIPCOM junior, the entire production will be completed by December 2006.”
Orlando Corradi adds: “We really believe that is an honour and reason of pride for Mondo TV Group to start the first coproduction with ZDF Enterprises, who are part of a such important and reliable media Group in Germany as ZDF is. We are convinced that this is the first step of a hopefully fantastic relationship between our two Groups.”
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), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. +49-6131-991228, fax +49-6131-991229, e-mail: [mailto:Denilauler.C@ZDF.de Denilauler.C@ZDF.de]
About Mondo TV
Mondo TV is a Group operating in the production and distribution of cartoon series for TV, cinema and related sectors. In the first three months of 2005 the Group has realized (following the new international accounting criteria IAS/IFRS) consolidated revenues for 14.7 million Euro (+15%) and consolidated operative results (EBIT) for 1.3 million Euro, compared to the 14.000 Euro in the first quarter 2004. The Group’s current library is one of the largest in Europe, made up of approximately 5,500 TV series episodes, and 20 animated films.
About Mondo Igel Media AG (MIM)
MIM, Mondo Igel Media AG, listed on the Stock Exchange of Hamburg since 1999, is active in the purchase, distribution, co-financing and co-distribution of top-quality series which are part of programs for families and children on both national and international level. The company is controlled (59.1%) by Mondo TV Group.
Contact MONDO TV and MIM:
Mr. Andrea Pagano Mariano, Barabino & Partners S.p.A., e-mail: [mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org], Tel: +39.06.679.29.29, Mob:+39.335.83.04.074, Fax: +39.06/679.29.10